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Aleksei Navalny Calls for the Prosecution of those Responsible for the Violence at the March of Millions

Source: HRO.org (info), 18/05/12

· Right of assembly  · Ministry of Internal Affairs  · Public Prosecutor’s Office  · Persecution of activists  · Public protests  · Moscow city & Moscow region

Aleksei Navalny has written to the head of the Investigative Committee for Moscow city, Vadim Yakovenko, calling for an investigation into the violations of public safety at the March of Millions on 6 May and for those responsible to be prosecuted. Navalny has published the statement on his blog.

Navalny writes that Moscow city government and Moscow city police violated the agreement that had been reached on the conduct of the march. He writes that the metal detectors were not located in those places which had been agreed and published on the website of the Moscow city police on 5 May. Moreover, the police, in violation of the agreement, cordoned off the central area on Bolotnaya Square, leaving only a narrow passageway to the Bolotnaya embankment. Also, as Novaya gazeta points out, no access to the rally was provided from Bolshoi Kamenny Bridge.

“The attempt by participants in the march to move along the earlier agreed route, that had been published on the official website of the Moscow city police department, resulted unavoidably in an attempt to ‘break through’ the police cordon,” Navalny explains.

For these reasons, opposition politician Aleksei Navalny asks the investigators to investigate and “to prosecute and bring to justice those responsible.”

In the actions of those who, on the part of the authorities, should have ensured order at the March of Millions, Navalny finds “evidence of crimes under Articles 149, 285, 286 and 293 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation." These articles concern, respectively, “Hindering the conduct of an assembly, rally, demonstration, march or picket or participation in them”, “Abuse of official powers”, “Exceeding official powers” and “Negligence”.
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