Russia suspends jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny’s political and anti-corruption organizations

Moscow’s chief prosecutor froze the political movement of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny on Monday by suspending activities at his offices across the country, while petitioning a court to do the same for the Anti-Corruption Foundation that he founded.

The decision comes against the backdrop of a pending court decision on whether to designate both Navalny’s political and anti-corruption organizations as extremist groups.

Official documents said Moscow’s Chief Prosecutor Popov D.G. had examined materials of an audit in relation to Navalny’s political offices and decided to suspend their activities, as the Moscow City Court considers whether to ban the movement across the country.

Vladimir Voronin, a lawyer representing both Navalny’s political movement and the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), confirmed the suspension on Twitter and that prosecutors were seeking to freeze the FBK’s activities as well.

The suspension of his movement comes after Navalny announced he was ending his weeklong hunger strike Friday, following a warning from doctors close to him that he was close to death.

Navalny had been on hunger strike since March 31, demanding “proper medical care” and to be examined by an independent doctor, something his team claims he was unable to get in the penal colony in Pokrov.

In an Instagram message announcing his decision, Navalny cited two checks by civilian doctors as proof that lobbying from his supporters helped him secure independent medical examination.

The imprisonment of Navalny has prompted large protests in many parts of Russia, and security forces have rounded up thousands of people at recent rallies.