Russian Supreme Court overturns ban on radical opposition party

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website] overturned a lower Moscow court decision [MosNews report] Tuesday, reversing a ban on the National Bolshevik Party [party website; Wikipedia backgrounder]. Although the court did not immediately issue an explanation for their ruling, one is expected to be released soon. Prosecutors, who say theywill appeal Tuesday's decision, attempted to portray the group as a dangerous extremist organization that violated registration procedures, but the radical youth political protest movement, which is known primarily for their demonstrations and pranks, vows they are non-violent. The National Bolshevik Party, which espouses socialist economic ideals and nationalistic ideas, has about 17,000 members and cannot run for parliamentary elections because it is a regional group. Party leader Eduard Limonov declared after the ruling, that "there is hope for this country's future." AP has more. MosNews has local coverage.



 

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