On 5 April the Duma is scheduled speech of the head of the interior Ministry in the framework of “government hour”. As follows from the Council’s last meeting of the lower house on March 23, the leadership of the Duma has approved and sent to the Ministry a list of written questions Kolokoltsev from all four factions. In anticipation of his speech before Parliament, head of the Russian police was going to talk with United Russia at the meeting, one of the intra-faction groups, said one close to the leadership of “United Russia” of the interlocutors . “But just recently we learned that in the Duma it will not be”, — he said. The reasons for the postponement, the source does not name.
Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on security Anatoly Vyborny (fraction “United Russia”) confirmed the information about the cancellation of the meeting with Kolokoltsev. In his opinion, this may be due to the fact that the Minister deputies was “a lot of questions to answer that very carefully need to prepare.” For example, recently the Prosecutor General’s office analyzed the statistics of last year’s offences and found that of the 1.5 million offences 879 thousand related to the invalidity of reflection in the primary accounting documents of the internal Affairs bodies”. About the inaccurate statistics of the deputies was going to ask the Minister, stressed the Election.
The transfer of the speech in the Duma is associated with the “busy schedule of the Minister,” says a source close to the leadership of the Ministry of internal Affairs. The questions of the deputies could not affect the date of the visit Kolokoltseva in the lower house, as the deputies ‘ questions sooner or later would have to respond, said the source.
Simultaneously with the information about the refusal of Vladimir Kolokoltseva to speak to the deputies a statement of the LDPR faction with a request to police to release all those detained during Sunday’s protests of young people. The statement said the liberal Democrats, “a humanistic approach would be the most correct in this situation”.
The cancellation of the visit Kolokoltsev is directly related to recent events — from rallies and investigation of Alexei Navalny of corruption, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the Deputy of the faction “Fair Russia” Oleg Shein. “It is obvious that the agenda has changed, and questions about this from the parliamentary opposition about it would inevitably sounded” — he said, stressing that the Minister, the expected “no answers to uncomfortable questions”.
March 26 in dozens of cities of Russia held rallies against corruption. The events were organized with the assistance of the Fund of struggle against corruption (FBK) Alexei Navalny. In early March, the FCO has released an investigation of real estate related funds close to the Prime Minister. In most cities the actions took place without the consent of the authorities. In the capital the event was not sanctioned, however, according to various estimates, took part from 8 to 20 thousand people. Police detained more than a thousand demonstrators. This is a record for Moscow, the number of people arrested at one protest event since 1993.
63 person is under arrest as of Thursday, March 30, according to the summary table of the headquarters of aid to detainees from the “Urban projects” and “Open Russia”, (available at).