"Companies across Russia have been responding with enthusiasm to Putin’s proposal that their teams join the People’s Front. They are sending greetings and actually joining that association," Navalny wrote. "But at the current time the United People’s Front has not acquired the [legal] status of a public association... . It is unclear how the People’s Front, not being a legal entity or a public association, that is, without being subject to civil law, could conclude a lease agreement for non-residential premises and office staff."
Moreover, Navalny continued, Putin and Mr. Peskov have held meetings on behalf of the Front using government offices and state personnel – including themselves – and other taxpayer-funded resources, which Russian law forbids.
Navalny urged Mr. Chaika to investigate the allegations, which, if proven, would be "grounds to liquidate it or ban its activities" under strict Putin-era legislation designed to keep politically active NGOs under tight state supervision and control.
Many analysts say Navalny is doing the equivalent of shouting "the emperor has no clothes," though few expect much to come of it.