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Vologda Prosecutors Seek to Charge Navalny with Extremism

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(updated 18:28 28.10.2014)
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The Prosecutor’s Office in Russia’s central Vologda Region has urged the court to recognize flyers masterminded by the opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny, which criticize the ruling United Russia Party, as extremist, the regional Prosecutor’s Office said on its Web site on Wednesday.

The Prosecutor’s Office in Russia’s central Vologda Region has urged the court to recognize flyers masterminded by the opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny, which criticize the ruling United Russia Party, as extremist, the regional Prosecutor’s Office said on its Web site on Wednesday.

“The information in the flyer is aimed at inciting nationalist hatred between the residents of various Russian regions, and also foments intolerance toward the residents of the North Caucasus republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia, as well as Mordovia,” prosecutors said in a statement.

Navalny, who launched the Good Truth Machine propaganda campaign in late May, has issued opposition flyers available for download on his Web site. The leaflet shows a table with utility price tariffs in several Russian regions. The utility prices directly correlate with the loyalty that a region’s residents showed to United Russia at the parliamentary elections on December 4, 2011.

“The residents of the regions that showed a high level of support for our party and the National Leader Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin have significantly lower utility payments,” the flyer reads.

The prosecutors say that the leaflet contains “deliberately false information,” linking hikes in utility prices with the number of votes cast for United Russia in different regions.

“If filthy United Russia members shriek at this sheet of paper as if they are being grilled on a frying pan in hell, it needs to be distributed more widely,” Navalny wrote on his blog, adding that the flyer has been downloaded over 100,000 times.

In mid-June, Navalny urged his supporters to write or stamp political slogans on banknotes.

Banknotes with Navalny's trademark slogan – "United Russia is a party of crooks and thieves" – began appearing at the end of last year.

Navalny reckons that if 5,000 people each stamp 100 banknotes, then every citizen in the country will come across such a banknote at least once.