Russian Court Brands Opposition Group Extremist
April 20, 2007 -- The Moscow City Court has declared the opposition National Bolshevik Party to be an extremist organization.
National Bolshevik Party activists marching in Moscow on April 8 (epa)
The ruling late on April 19 allows the authorities to make it illegal to publicly support the party.
A lawyer representing the party, Sergei Belyak, said the National Bolsheviks will appeal the ruling.
Russian authorities had already banned the group. The move follows a recent police crackdown on antigovernment protests in Moscow and St. Petersburg, which the National Bolshevik Party, as well as members of the Other Russia coalition, had played a role in organizing.
On April 19, the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi said it will campaign to have the opposition group Other Russia labelled as "extremist."