Constitutional Court Bans Fines for Exceeding Projected Number of Rally Participants

posted 29 May 2012, 13:20 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 May 2012, 13:21 ]
Source: (info), 21/05/12 

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On 18 May the Russian Constitutional Court ruled that the fact that more demonstrators take part in a demonstration than had been planned cannot be grounds for the prosecution of the organizers. The larger number of protesters does not provide sufficient basis for prosecution. 

Earlier Tula resident Sergei Katkov had asked the Constitutional Court to rule on the constitutionality of Article 20.2 of the Administrative Code and the Federal Law “On Rallies.” Both of these laws have been used to fine organizers of demonstrations for exceeding the projected number of demonstrators, says [Read more]