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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Free Assembly Under Article 31 of Russia’s Constitution – Activists Again Detained

Posted by Info on 02/09/2011

Activists demonstrate on the last day of each month with 31 days to symbolise the right to free assembly guaranteed under Article 31 of Russia’s constitution.Police routinely break up such protests. The latest rallies in St Petersburg and Moscow were no different.
Authorities have detained dozens of opposition activists demanding their right to gather in public.

The protesters chanted demands for the prime minister, Vladimir Putin, to step down and called for “free elections” at the parliamentary vote in December.
“There are no elections today,” said leading anti-Kremlin critic Konstantin Kosyakin “They want us to choose from those they have screened beforehand. They don’t allow us to elect those we want to elect. We believe these elections and the whole system are unlawful.”

December’s parliamentary election will set the scene for next year’s presidential poll. It remains unclear whether Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will seek a return to the Kremlin or whether its current boss, Dmitri Medvedev, will run again.

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