The state Duma has equated the rallies and demonstrations

The state Duma has equated the rallies and demonstrations


MOSCOW, February 26. The state Duma adopted on Friday in the second and third readings the governmental bill, which equates rally to demonstrations and tent city – to the picketing.

The legislative act amends the law “On assemblies, rallies, demonstrations, processions and picketing”. The amendments legislatively regulate new forms of mass protests, in particular, attributed the rally to activities such as demonstration and the establishment of a tent camp to picket.

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“If the citizen intends to use for a single picket prefabricated collapsible design, it is mandatory to undergo the procedure notice not later than three days before the picket,” – said the head of the steering Committee on Affairs of public associations and religious organizations Yaroslav Nilov.

As the authors of the law, 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 note to the bill.

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Nevertheless, the LDPR and the Communist party voted against the adoption of the law. In particular the head of the steering Committee (which recommended the Duma to pass the law), Yaroslav Nilov (LDPR) told journalists that the fraction of “strongly against”. “Because we believe that the oppositional political and public forces could be harmed by such norms of the law. There is no clarity, legal gaps,” he said.

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According to him, “if the convoy with humanitarian aid or motocross on the occasion of the anniversary of the Victory, none of the officials will not pay attention to it, but if there is, for example, opposition to the event, the two gazelles of the liberal democratic party, which will be written by “the liberal democratic party against corruption. Will fight corruption together”, it is already possible to consider as demonstration”.

As noted Nilov, the law does not provide clear answers to the question, to whom and where to send the relevant notice, if the cars are moving on several subjects of the Russian Federation, and also on the question of whether to be a demonstration of several vehicles carrying party activists, if the machine dealt the party symbols.