Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg adopted the law on equating the meetings of deputies with voters, the rallies, taking into account the amendments proposed by the Governor Georgy Poltavchenko. About it reports to “Fontanka” on Wednesday, February 22.
For the resolution voted by 38 deputies, against — 10. According to him, MPs can meet with citizens without the consent of the government of St. Petersburg only in case if the meeting takes place in designated meeting areas, the so-called Hyde parks, and it involves no more than 100 people.
February 17 online edition reported that Poltavchenko vetoed the bill in its previous edition. Then, the document assumed that elected representatives would have to agree with all of the Smolny a meeting with voters.
In early February, the St. Petersburg legislative Assembly adopted in the first reading. The author of the initiative became the head of the faction “United Russia” in the city Parliament Alexander Teterenko. The bill was a reaction to a protest against the Saint Isaac’s Cathedral Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) in the campus Martius, which was attended by about two thousand people. The city administration denied the organizers in the coordination of the meeting, so they held the event in the form of a meeting with parliamentarians.
The Deputy of the state Duma, United Russia Evgeny Fedorov then proposed to equate folk gatherings to political demonstrations. According to him, he is preparing a package of amendments to existing legislation.