Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Art. 31 of Russia’s Constitution = Free Assembly?

Posted by Info on 31/01/2011

President Dmitry Medvedev has promised to allow more public criticism of the authorities. But most opposition groups say little has changed and their activities are still restricted.

Once again Russian police detained several dozen people at anti-Kremlin rallies in Moscow and St Petersburg on Monday as they tried to protest against limits to freedom of assembly.
A crowd of about 600 chanted “Freedom, Freedom!” heavily outnumbered by riot police, who dragged more than a dozen activists off to waiting buses after detaining them at a metro exit as they headed to the rally.

Rights activists and Kremlin opponents have staged demonstrations on the square on the last day of each month with 31 days, in a symbolic reference to the right to free assembly enshrined under Article 31 of Russia’s constitution.

In St Petersburg, police said they had detained about 60 people at a rally in the heart of city where protestors cried: “We demand freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and an end to censorship.”

Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who spent 15 days in jail after a New Year’s eve protest, rallied the Moscow crowd with calls for an end to Putin’s grip on power since he became president in 2000 and later prime minister.
Moscow authorities gave permission for 1,000 people to gather, but in the past police have beaten or detained demonstrators they accused of infractions at such rallies.

One Response to “Art. 31 of Russia’s Constitution = Free Assembly?”

  1. Natasha Swift said

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