The Supreme Court of Russia announced on Thursday the dissolution of the oldest opposition party to the Putin regime, the independent news website Mediazona announced, as quoted by The Moscow Times.
The People’s Freedom Party (Parnas) is the second version of the Republican Party of Russia, originally formed in 1990, and has been a supporter of human rights and real federalism in Russia. Like its predecessor, Parnas was dissolved by the Kremlin dictatorship.
Party members have been victims of political persecution and assassinations instigated by the criminal regime in the Kremlin in recent years.
The party’s leader, Mikhail Kasianov, who was prime minister during Putin’s first “term” as president from 2000 to 2004, fled the country to avoid being killed or imprisoned after criticizing Putin’s invasion.
According to information from the court, the so-called “justice” in Russia supported the request from the Ministry of Justice in Moscow to liquidate Parnas.
The ministry cited the fact that the number of local party organizations had fallen to less than half the number of Russian regions. In the assessment, the tribunal also included the territories stolen by the invaders from Ukraine and which the Russian dictator claims to have annexed to Russia.
Thursday’s decision comes as the second act of the dissolution of Parnas’s predecessor, the Republican Party of Russia, in 2007. Three years later, Parnas was founded by Kasianov and other prominent members of the Russian opposition, including Boris Nemtsov, the dissident assassinated by Kremlin in 2015.
The other leaders of the party, Vladimir Kara-Murza and Ilia Iasin are in prison.
Editor: Adrian Dumitru
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