Navalny announced new protest action
Opposition politician Alexey Navalny announced holding of new rallies. He wrote about this in his blog.
Navalny proposed to hold the action on June 12, when the country celebrates the official state holiday, the Day of Russia.
"Let's go out into the streets with our old slogans and state flags on June 12. We have two months of preparation. We will attract even more cities, we will gather even more people," the oppositionist wrote.
The Moscow Mayor's Office could not answer in the affirmative on the question of whether the Navalny’s team applied for the action on June 12. "I do not have such data," said Elena Romanova, the Head of the press service of the Moscow Department of Regional Security and Anti-Corruption.
Press secretary of Navalny Kira Yarmysh specified that it is too early to apply for approval of the action.
"We are planning an all-Russian action and urge to join as many cities as possible. Before filing a notice in Moscow there are almost two months, it's too early to talk about a specific place, but, of course, we will apply for a rally in the center," Yarmysh said.
The federal law “On Rallies” establishes that notification of the event must be submitted not earlier than 15 and not later than ten days before it is held.
The press service of the MIA Central Board in Moscow, reported that there is "no information so far" on the action on June 12
In turn, Alexander Khinshtein, an adviser to the Head of Rosgvardia, answering RBC's question about strengthening security measures on June 12, said: "The Ministry of Internal Affairs is responsible for the protection of public order, so it is obvious that comments should be addressed there. We, for our part, work on those applications that come from colleagues from the Ministry of Internal Affairs."
On March 26, anti-corruption protest actions took place in dozens of Russian cities after the investigation of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) about the secret real estate of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. In the FBK’s film "He Is Not Your Dimon" it was said that the Prime Minister owns "huge plots of land in the most elite areas, manages yachts, apartments in old mansions, agrocomplexes and wineries in Russia and abroad." The most mass performances were held in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk and Vladivostok.
In Moscow, the rally was not coordinated with the city authorities. According to the police, 8 thousand people took part in it, organizers reported on about 25-30 thousand. The action ended in arrests: more than a thousand demonstrators were delivered to the police stations. The majority got rid of administrative protocols. The rally became the largest in the capital over the past five years.
Navalny himself was arrested for the action. The court arrested the oppositionist for 15 days and appointed him 20 thousand rubles ($352) of fine for violation of two articles of the Code of Administrative Offenses - 19.3 and 20.2.2 (disobedience to police officers and organization of an uncoordinated event, respectively).
In early April, Medvedev commented on the FBK investigation, which became the cause of protest actions. According to the Prime Minister, it was made according to the "compote principle".