The head of the HRC called a “provocation” calls Navalny to participate in the campaign
The President of the Council on human rights under the Russian President Mikhail Fedotov has called provocation calls for a policy of the founder of the Fund of struggle against corruption (FBK) Alexei Navalny to participate in inconsistent with the city of Moscow protests on Tverskaya street in Central Moscow. The head of the HRC said in a conversation with RBC.
According to him, detained were like random people who are not going to participate in a mass event, and those who deliberately came in the end, after the call policy.
“I saw that among those who were detained were people of very random, but was, on the contrary, people who succumbed to the provocation and deliberately came to Tverskaya street. They didn’t understand that are the object of provocation. I mean the conduct of Mr. Navalny, who urged his supporters to go to Tverskaya street instead of to participate, consistent with the authorities of the city event on the academician Sakharov prospect”, — he said RBC.
Fedotov called Bulk actions “counterproductive”. The actions of law enforcement to assess he did not, however, emphasized that it will evaluate in the coming days, once all of the reports of all the members of the HRC, which during the action were watching.
“I believe that it was a provocation on his part and it is absolutely counterproductive. Because if he really wants some change in the policy of our country, they should seek legal means, not illegal,” — said Fedotov.
Mikhail Fedotov also said that in St. Petersburg police detained two members of the HRC Natalia Evdokimova and Ella Polyakova, who were on the Champ de Mars, and took them to a place holding a consistent rally.
“But they’re not protesters, they are only observers. Generally, I think that if the police offered the protesters a bus to transport them to the venue, it is very good. But this need not be done by force”, he added.
Earlier, the court sanctioned the arrest of Alexei Navalny for 30 days for failure to comply with the rules of holding rallies and demonstrations. He was found guilty in committing offenses under part 8 of article 20.2 of the administrative code (repeated violation of the established procedure of organization or holding meetings, rallies, demonstrations). Protection with the decision disagreed and stated his intention to appeal it.
In Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities of Russia on Monday, 12 June, passed the anti-corruption rallies. In Moscow, the action was originally agreed on Sakharov Avenue, but on the eve of the event organizer Alexei Navalny urged his supporters to go out on Tverskaya street. City authorities called the actions of Navalny provocation. According to official data, the campaign gathered 5 thousand people. “OVD-info” reports 823 detainees, the interior Ministry — about 650 detainees in Moscow and St. Petersburg.