Russian authorities on Monday blocked a website run by imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny who instructed supporters on how to vote out ruling party candidates in polls later this month.
In a statement to AFP, state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said access to the votesmart.appspot.com website had been blocked in Russia “because it is being used to continue the work… of an extremist organization”.
Parliamentary elections are scheduled for September 17-19, with nearly all vocal Kremlin critics, including Navalny’s allies, barred from participating.
Navalny, 45, has seen his organizations declared “extremist” and banned this year, while his top employees have fled the country.
After barely surviving a poisoning with nerve agent Novichok last summer, Navalny was jailed in February in what supporters say is a sentence for challenging President Vladimir Putin’s two-decade coup.
Roskomnadzor previously blocked access to dozens of websites linked to Navalny, including his main site navalny.com.
Last week, the media regulator also urged Google and Apple to remove an app dedicated to Navalny’s “Smart Voting” campaign from their app stores, but they haven’t responded yet.
The “smart voting” tactic has resulted in the increasingly unpopular United Russia party, which is currently polling less than 30 percent, to lose a number of seats in recent local elections.
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