EU criticizes Russian authorities for protestors' mass arrests

The European Union urges the Russian Federation to create equal rules in the political game for everyone
11:00, 28 July 2019

Maya Kocijancic

The European Union condemns the actions of Russian authorities that have detained more than thousand of protesters during the rally. The meeting was dedicated to opposition access to participate in the elections to the Moscow City Council which took place in the center of the city on July 27. This was said in the statement of Spokesperson of the European Community Maja Kocijančič.

"These detentions and the disproportionate use of force against peaceful protesters follow the worrying series of arrests and police raids against opposition politicians carried out in recent days, and once again seriously undermine the fundamental freedoms of expression, association, and assembly. These fundamental rights are enshrined in the Russian constitution and we expect them to be protected," EU states.

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The EU expects the respect of obligations of the State from the authorities of Russia according to OSCE standards and other international commitments during the coming local elections. 

As it was reported earlier, more than one thousand people were arrested during the unauthorized protests against non-admission of the opposition to the Moscow City Council elections which took place in the centre of Moscow. 


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