EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Moscow Court Bans U.-Left Opposition Movement As ‘Extremist’

Posted by Info on 21/10/2010

The movement, created a decade ago, calls for constitutional amendments giving voters more control over the actions of their politicians. Their goal is to establish a system under which the president and the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, are “directly responsible to the people” by being given state awards for good deeds and prison sentences for failures.

The Moscow City Court has ruled that AVN’s ideology includes unlawful calls for forced changes to the Russian constitution.

AVN leader Yury Mukhin previously received a two-year conditional sentence for inciting extremist activities. Mukhin has dismissed the ruling, saying that the AVN’s only goal is the holding of a referendum on the constitutional amendments.

AVN representatives said they would appeal against the decision in the Russian Supreme Court.

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