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Pickets against the law raising fines for rallies has taken place by the Federation Council

Press Release

June 6, 2012

According to YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin, the amendments into the law on rallies and the Administrative Offences Code adopted yesterday by the State Duma and proved by the upper chamber of the parliament the Federation Council today are installing dictatorship in the country. Mitrokhin has made such a statement today by the Federation Council. Today YABLOKO has conducted a series of one-person pickets (that do not require a permission from the authorities) against the adoption of the such amendments.


Activists of the Youth YABLOKO, Sergei Sokolov, municipal deputy from the YABLOKO party, and Sergei Mitrokhin stood in turn by the main entrance to the Federation Council with a placard The law on rallies is a way towards a fascist state! The placard also pictured portraits of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Heinrich Himmler, Felix Dzerzhinsky, Lavrenty Beria and Vladimir Putin approving the new law. Fascists are for it! KGB people are for it! ran the placard.

"Today the government has signed a verdict for itself," said Mitrokhin. "If the protest can not be expressed by peaceful and legal means, then it will find a way out through other means, he said. Mitrokhin also drew historical parallels with 1905 when the tougher was the government towards the society, the more radical were the actions by the opposition, to the extent that they took up arms. "This is a situation of a boiler which is sealed and is on fire," said Mitrokhin.

Sergei Mitrokhin also invited all the people to participate in YABLOKOs second protest action in the Alexander Gardens by the Kremlin walls that will begin at 19:00. YABLOKO activists and ordinary citizens will gather there so that to appeal to President Putin who has to sign the bill after which it will become a law.
The action in the Alexander Gardens will take place without any political symbols and placards, so yet it does not require approvals from the authorities.

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See also:

YABLOKO to continue protesting against adoption of the law raising penalties on rallies by the Federation Council and in Alexander Gardens by the Kremlin. Press Release, June 5, 2012.

Russian United Democratic Party leader Sergey Mitrokhin arrested as "a hooligan". EU Reporter. June 5, 2012

YABLOKO leader and 17 activists arrested by the State Duma. Press Release, June 5, 2012

Mitrokhin released without charges, other activists will stand before court. Press Release, May 22, 2012.

Sergei Mitrokhin and activists detained at the "walking protests" by the State Duma
Press Release, May 22, 2012.

Youth YABLOKO to picket the State Duma protesting against raising of fines for rallies
Press Release, May 17, 2012.

Yavlinsky called on the "walking protestors" in St. Petersburg to set political goals. Interfax. May 15, 2012

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