MOSCOW, November 1 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky District Court on Friday refused to overturn the Justice Ministry’s decision to include a foundation established by opposition figure Alexey Navalny in the list of NGOs acting as foreign agents, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.

Navalny’s lawsuit to overturn labeling was therefore dismissed.

In early October, Russia’s Justice Ministry published its respective decision based on the Federal Law on NGOs.

The fact of the organization’s conforming to the “foreign agent criteria” had been established during the monitoring of its activity conducted by the Justice Ministry’s Moscow Main Directorate, the Ministry’s official website informed at that time.

The decision to give Navalny’s foundation the status of a foreign agent was made based on evidence of its funding from abroad, the acting director of the Justice Ministry’s NGO affairs department Vladimir Titov told journalists.