Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- Russian President Vlademir Putin has passed legislation thought to be drafted to prevent people close to his most powerful opposition rival, Alexei Navalny, who is on hunger strike in prison, from running for office.
The Russian Parliament's decision to prevent Navalny allies from running in the elections provoked a backlash at home and abroad.
The law prevents members of the organisation, who are defined as illegal, from participating in elections for one to five years.
Meanwhile, the Russian judiciary will decide in the coming months on an application to outlaw members of Navalny's anti-corruption foundation and Navalny's campaign associations.
If this decision becomes law, names such as Lyubol Sobol, who led demonstrations for Navalny and is currently under house arrest, will be barred from entering politics.