Places to hold anti-corruption rallies to March 24, agreed in 21 Russian city, said the press Secretary of the Bulk Kira Armys. The shares will be held in Voronezh, Irkutsk, Kazan, where the court satisfied the claim of local organizers, Perm, Tyumen, Ufa, Izhevsk, Yoshkar-Ola, Kaluga, Magnitorsk, Novokuznetsk, Omsk, Orenburg, Penza, Petrozavodsk, Sochi, Stavropol, Tambov, Chita, Yaroslavl and Gatchina. Rallies were also coordinated in Volzhskiy, Kirov and Tomsk, organizers said.
Rallies are also planned in London, Prague, Basel and Bonn.
Navalny announced street protests after the release in early March investigation of the Fund of struggle against corruption (FBK), which was attributed to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev possession of “vast tracts of land in the elite areas, manages yachts, apartments in historic mansions, agro-complexes and wineries in Russia and abroad”.
Bulk material “is pronounced pre-election character,” said the press Secretary of Prime Minister Natalya Timakova. The Secretary General Council of “United Russia” Sergey Neverov has called the investigation Navalny “paid”. More comments from the authorities was not followed, therefore, Navalny urged supporters to take to the streets.
In other cities local authorities either refused parties in the approval of locations of the meetings, or did not answer the queries by March 24. The main cause of failure — is scheduled at the time of the event (in many cities — actions of the youth wing of United Russia “Young Guard”).
In Saransk, Vladivostok, the organizers faced the opposition of power structures. On 24 March the Deputy of the city Council of Vladivostok and the organizer of the action Yury Kuchin was arrested for the incident a few days before this a meeting of the organizing Committee of the rally. After a few hours he was released, said the Armys.
In the capital of Mordovia, the applicant of the meeting Kirill Matawin was detained March 23. “On the street to Cyril, a girl came up and asked where the pharmacy. And immediately started screaming that she was hit. Ran over a guy, was to keep, and Cyril went to the branch №1”, — said the oppositionist Saransk Eugene Zolotov. According to him, Matalino charged with article 20.1 of the administrative code (“petty hooliganism”) and 116 of the criminal code (“beating”), for hooliganism, he was appointed a penalty in 1 thousand rbl. a Witness is a local activist GCD (organization without a legal entity the National liberation movement, known, according to media reports, and as an opponent Navalny. – ) added gold.
The standoff in the capital
In Moscow, the action must start at 14.00 Sunday, March 26. The city government has not agreed to its implementation on Tverskaya street and invited the activists to meet in Marino or in Hyde Park in Sokolniki. Alternative sites of the organizers was not satisfied, and they called everyone to gather in the city centre, as the action is legal, said Navalny. Moi posted a message with a call to Muscovites not to join the event.
Navalny, claiming that the action on the main street is consistent, refers to the decision of the constitutional court (CC). In its decision of 2013, the court ordered the authorities to provide the organizers of the rally site alternatives to replace inconsistent. According to the law on rallies, the municipality had to propose an alternative site within three days after the failure, that is on March 17, but that did not happen.
Prior to this, opposition rallies have been held in Marino. So, in 2015 there was held a rally “For the turnover of power.”
The reaction of the authorities
The Kremlin reacted harshly to the plans the Bulk. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov called Navalny calls to join the campaign a “provocation”.
Earlier, on 23 March, Moscow police arrested 11 supporters of Navalny, who was handing out stickers in support of it on the Arbat. They were released later, removing fingerprints.
Participation in an unauthorized action threatens or the penalty to 20 thousand rubles, or by compulsory works for a period up to 100 hours or administrative arrest up to 15 days. For officials the penalty is higher — from 15 to 30 thousand rubles.
Meetings March 26, will add Bulk political points, a political analyst and a former employee of the Department of internal policy of presidential administration Andrey Kolyadin. “I think he will be able to plant the power, so she is very actively involved in this process on his side — that is driving his party”, — said the analyst.