Kremlin justifies crackdown of protests in Moscow, says rallies are not worthy of Putin's comments

Kremlin justifies crackdown of protests in Moscow, says rallies are not worthy of Putin's comments

“We believe the tough actions of law enforcement officers to curb public unrest are completely justified,” President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

The Kremlin believes the tough actions of siloviki to curb public unrest are completely justified, but does not support the “disproportionate use of force by government officials,” President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said, TASS reports.

“The disproportionate use of force by government officials is totally unacceptable; nevertheless, the tough actions of law enforcers to curb public unrest are completely justified,” Peskov said. 

According to Peskov, President Vladimir Putin does not comment on the protests because they are not “out of the ordinary,” RIA Novosti reports. 

“In Russia, a huge number of events take place daily, which become issues for the president’s attention. He does not have to express his point of view on each of them,” the president's press secretary said. 

The number of people detained at rallies in Moscow: 1373 on July 27, 1001 on August 3, 352 on August 10. A criminal case of “mass riots” has been opened in connection with the rallies; there are 14 defendants in it, 13 of whom have been arrested.

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