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267 people and 173 parents of detained children were prosecuted for participation in the action on January 23 in Moscow

Moscow, January 23, 2021
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The Moscow police department reported that 267 people were prosecuted for participating in a peaceful protest on 23 January. 110 of them were punished by the court in the form of administrative arrest. Also, protocols on administrative responsibility were drawn up in relation to 173 parents, whose children took part in the event, notes “Echo of Moscow”.

The Moscow police, following the prosecutor’s office, warned of responsibility for the dissemination of calls to participate in uncoordinated actions. The warning was issued on the eve of a new all-Russian action in support of the arrested Alexei Navalny, which is scheduled for 12:00 on January 31.

“In connection with the dissemination in the media, the Internet and social networks of calls to participate in unauthorized actions in the city of Moscow, we officially warn that for such calls and participation in such events, liability is provided in accordance with the law, up to criminal,” noted in Ministry of Internal Affairs. – Attempts to hold an uncoordinated public event, as well as any provocative actions on the part of their participants will be regarded as a threat to public order and immediately suppressed, and violators will be held accountable as stipulated by the law.

The GUVD urged citizens “not to succumb to provocations, not to take part in uncoordinated public events, and also to comply with the legal requirements of law enforcement officers.”

“Remember that you are being urged to participate in unauthorized actions in the territories directly adjacent to the buildings of state authorities and emergency operational services, which is expressly prohibited by Federal Law of June 19, 2004 N54-FZ (as amended on December 30, 2020)” On meetings, rallies, demonstrations, processions and pickets, “the Moscow police added.

They also recalled that there are restrictions in Moscow due to the COVID-19 epidemic. “Police officers received information that among the participants in the unauthorized action there were persons in respect of whom a decision was made to isolate them at their place of residence in connection with their diagnosis of COVID-19. In this regard, the Investigative Department of the Main Directorate of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for . Moscow is undergoing a preliminary investigation, “- said in a press release.

The GUVD recalled that “for various offenses, including attacks on law enforcement officers during an unauthorized action in the center of Moscow on January 23, the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia in the city of Moscow is investigating 7 criminal cases, in which the illegal actions of participants in an unauthorized action are qualified under Art . 318 of the Criminal Code “(use of violence against a government official, up to 10 years in prison).

On January 23, rallies were held throughout Russia in support of the arrested opposition politician Alexei Navalny. According to OVD Info, 4,002 people were detained throughout the country in connection with these protests, 1,546 of them in Moscow. Among them were about 50 journalists. Human rights activists have never encountered this before, Alexandra Baeva, program coordinator of the European Court of Human Rights, admitted in an interview with Echo Moskvy. According to Bayeva, most of the detainees are accused of violating the law on rallies.

As a result of the action, at least 15 criminal cases were initiated: calls for a rally, hooliganism and deliberate damage to property, as well as about blocking roads and involving teenagers in politics. Several more participants became involved in criminal cases of violence against a government official.

The mass searches and detentions after the protest, say the Kremlin, is an adequate response to the violation of the law on rallies. This was announced on Thursday by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov. He also dodged speculation about what caused thousands of Russians to take to the streets and complain about the government. Sociologists must find out the reasons for this, Dmitry Peskov said.

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