Russian law enforcement agencies are very soft against the participants and organizers of unauthorized protests. This opinion was expressed by the Secretary of the Public chamber of Russia (OP) Valery Fadeev in his interview to RIA Novosti on Wednesday, June 28.
“In Russia rather gentle against unauthorized rallies,” — said social activist. For comparison, he cited the experience of France, where “the police can act arbitrarily hard: with water cannons, rubber bullets, tear gas” if protesters are not separated after two warnings.
In Russia the police of the costs of the protocols on administrative violations, said Fadeev. In his opinion, is “very soft penalty”.
However, the Secretary of Commerce urged not to hurry with change of the legislation in this area. “We have to wait, no need to rush to tighten, we have to see how it will continue to develop,” he said.
The day before, on June 27, former Secretary of the OP, the acting head of Udmurtia Alexander Brechalov told President Vladimir Putin that the region was attempting to conduct opposition activities. The head of state, in turn, stressed that “everyone has the right to take the initiative”.
Last week, Putin said at a meeting with members of the OP said that political protests should not be afraid if they are aimed at solving specific problems. However, he criticized the rallies, which are used by politicians for self-promotion.