The head of the HRC said about the need to change the law on rallies

The head of the HRC said about the need to change the law on rallies

The head of the Council on human rights (HRC) under the President of Russia, Mikhail Fedotov, said that the legislation on meetings and relevant articles in the Code of administrative offences (Cao) regarding responsibility for violations at public events needs to change and edits.

He said this in comments to the Agency “RIA Novosti”.

The interviewee believes that the main proof of the offense should be videos, not compiled by the police protocols.

“We need to change, of course, and the rules relating to the consideration of cases on administrative offences: the main proof should be a video, not a faceless police protocols,” Fedotov said after visiting the Metropolitan police, which are detained during the opposition’s protest on March 26.

The head of the HRC also spoke about the complaints that he received from those detained during the protest action on 2 April, which was held in Moscow and was not coordinated with the authorities of the city.

“We have received many complaints of arbitrary detentions, I believe that they all need very careful checking”, — said Fedotov, adding that “reports of detentions written as under a carbon paper”, with no video footage, that creates big problems for those police officers who draw up the protocols, the head of the HRC.

He also said that a fellow member of the HRC Andrei Babushkin, visited two police departments — Presnenskiy and Luzhniki. According to him, “in police departments quite a lot of detainees, but they are not in chambers, and in ordinary rooms”.

The interlocutor of Agency has specified that in one of the branches of law enforcement, he met four minors. Most of them are, said Fedotov, held in police stations for about six hours.

Sunday, April 2, in the center of Moscow held a protest rally, the so-called walk of the opposition. The participants tried to walk along Tverskaya street towards the Kremlin, but police blocked traffic at Staropimenovskii of the alley and began to detain them. Activist of the movement “New opposition” Yuri Gorsky comments RBC noted that on the “walk of opposition” the detention began since the beginning of the action. According to him, the event was attended by about 300 people.

The massive event was coordinated with the city, so some time later law enforcement officers started to detain participants. In a press-service of the Ministry of interior announced on 31 detained for violation of public order near the triumphal square. The source of “Interfax” in law enforcement, in turn, stated that more than 40 detainees.

Also a protest rally of the opposition held in Moscow on March 26. Its organizers were members of the Fund of struggle against corruption (FBK) Alexei Navalny. According to the officials, the time came to about 8 thousand people. The participants demanded from the government to start investigation against Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the facts of the investigation FBK “you do not Dimon,” which deals with the estate of the Prime Minister.

The event also was coordinated with the city, so the police carried out mass arrests. According to the authorities of the city, was arrested more than 600 people, the “OVD-info” reported more than 1 thousand detainees.