Matvienko urged “not to hide the head under the wing” after protests


“We cannot pretend that nothing is happening, hiding the head under the wing,” — said Matvienko, commenting on last Sunday’s anti-corruption campaigns. According to her, the government should respond to rallies in the country, to engage in dialogue with citizens to understand why they are protesting, according to the Agency “Interfax”.

“We certainly believe that it is necessary to perform rallies. Power should not just say or pretend that nothing is happening. All officials, deputies, senators, the Executive authorities in the regions, of course, have to meet with people to discuss ways to address these issues,” she said.

Matvienko urged the authorities to conduct a dialogue with society Video: the Federation Council

Thus Matvienko stressed that if the government unreasonably refused to hold a rally there, where requested by the organizers, it is necessary to go to court and protest. According to her, the organizers should not provoke people to come to the meeting which is not sanctioned.

“We cannot allow violence or confrontation with officers of law enforcement. Any state is always very severely punished”, she added.

The speaker of the Federation Council noted that violators of the legislation on mass actions are detained, including in France. “It is not necessary to assert themselves at the expense of having to let people down and put them in a situation where they are forced to violate the law,” — said Matvienko.

Last weekend, anti-corruption events were held in almost all big cities of Russia. In most cases they were not sanctioned by the authorities, and in many places was accompanied by mass detentions. Thus, in Moscow in the course of events on Tverskaya street and its surrounding area were arrested more than 930 people.

In St. Petersburg the action was unauthorized. About 10 thousand people gathered on the Champ de Mars, and from there came to the Palace square. Detentions began there in the late afternoon. Only the police Department was delivered to 131 people.

Several dozen people were detained in Vladivostok, Volgograd, Makhachkala, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar.

The Kremlin said that “respect the right of Russians to Express civil position in a consistent format.” However, events in several cities, including in Moscow, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov called “provocation and lies”.

On Sunday, the protesters demanded to start investigation against the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev on the basis of materials of the Fund of struggle against corruption “He’s not Dimon.” The authors of the tape said that the Prime Minister has “huge tracts of land in the elite areas and disposes of yachts and apartments in old mansions, as well as the agro-complexes and wineries in Russia and abroad”.

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