The state Duma will consider on first reading a bill equating a rally to demonstrate

The state Duma will consider on first reading a bill equating a rally to demonstrate


MOSCOW, February 16. The state Duma will consider in the first reading the governmental draft law, which equates the rally to demonstrations and tent city – to the picketing.

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As stated in the explanatory Memorandum, the amendments proposed to the law “On assemblies, rallies, demonstrations, processions and picketing”. They planned to legally regulate new forms of mass protests. In particular, be attributed the rally to such events, as a demonstration, and the establishment of a tent camp to picket.

Citing the need for a bill, the authors give statistics of the Ministry of interior, according to which in 2014, in Bashkortostan, Belgorod, Moscow, Rostov, Chelyabinsk regions, as well as in several other regions held protest actions with the establishment of tent cities in public areas. And in 27 subjects of the Russian Federation was held 126 events, which were attended by 4 thousand people using 1.5 thousand vehicles. “Under certain conditions such actions can turn into major presentations, group and mass violations of public order”, – stated in the explanatory Memorandum.

According to the developers, the bill will eliminate legal uncertainty arising from organizing and conducting public events in the form of new forms of protests.