Thirty-two percent of Russians support the Moscow court's ruling that the Anti-Corruption Foundation and other organizations of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny are extremist, while 32 percent oppose the ban, according to a poll conducted by Levada-Centr, an independent center based in Moscow, which were released today.
In a poll of 24 people on June 30-1.630, 38% of Russians said they did not care. It also showed that support for Navalny's activities fell to 14% from 20% in September.
Ivan Zhdanov, a close ally of Navalny, declined to comment on the results, but said state propaganda against Navalny had intensified and could have some effect.
Navalny's allies said the ban on extremism was designed to crush them ahead of parliamentary elections in September.
The court ruling formally authorizes the authorities to imprison the activists and freeze their bank accounts if they continue their activities. Navalny's allies suspended their organizations before the decision so that their supporters would be less exposed to persecution.
Navalny is in jail on charges of violating the suspended sentence for embezzlement, which he denies. Navalny was arrested in Moscow this year, returning from Germany, where he was hospitalized after being poisoned in Russia by a neurotoxic agent.