Moscow has declared the Free Idel-Urals an “undesirable organization in Russia.” What is behind this?
The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation has declared the Free Idel-Ural organization undesirable in the territory of the Russian Federation. Information about the decision has already been sent to the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in order to include “Free Idel-Urals” in the list of “foreign and international non-governmental organizations whose activities are considered undesirable in the Russian Federation.”
Our public movement was formed in 2018. The announcement of the beginning of the Free Idel-Urals work was made in exile in Ukraine, thatis why the Prosecutor General’s Office calls the organization “Ukrainian”. So why was “Free Idel-Ural” created now, and not, say, in 2018? Why not in 2019, when, in particular, through the efforts of our movement, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution in support of the indigenous peoples of Russia? Why not in 2020 or 2021, when activists of the Free Idel-Urals appealed to Turkish President Racep-Tayyip Erdogan, went to the Free Russia Forum in Lithuania, to the World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples in Estonia, lobbied for a resolution in support of indigenous peoples. peoples of the Russian Federation within the walls of the Reigikogu or spoke at the UN?
There are several reasons for this, but we will voice two main ones:
1. Moscow, raising its stakes in the confrontation with Ukraine and the West, sees the current political moment as a window of opportunity. Opportunities for new repressions in Russia, to attack the rights and freedoms of citizens.
2. We assume that the Kremlin learned about our political campaign in Ukraine and several European countries. Today, we can state this publicly without revealing the names of the politicians with whom we have established contacts. “Free Idel-Ural” is preparing the ground for the recognition of the independence of several national republics of the Russian Federation in the case of Moscow’s decision to recognize the independence of “LPR” and “DPR”. The Kremlin is trying to play the lead by declaring “undesirable in Russia” those structures of national movements in which can be recognized as representatives of national republics and national movements.
So, today we publicly call on Ukrainian politicians to intensify efforts to prepare the organizational and legal basis for recognizing the state independence of the national republics of the Russian Federation in the event of Vladimir Putin’s decision on puppetry movements in the occupied territories of Ukraine.
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