MOSCOW, December 9 (Itar-Tass) —— Any attempts at unauthorized events should be suppressed, Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said on Friday.
“Any attempts at unauthorized events and law violations should be suppressed and those guilty should be brought to responsibility,” he said at a regular meeting of the operative headquarters of the Interior Ministry.
Meanwhile, Nurgaliyev noted that the police should be guided by the law in meetings and marches. “Each chief of the territorial police department should ensure the law and order and security of our citizens under the Russian legislation,” the interior minister noted.
“Our duty and the police duty is to protect the rights and freedoms of all citizens and to ensure the law and order and security in the streets of cities and settlements according to the law and this task should be accomplished fully,” the minister noted.
He recalled that public and political mass gatherings are staged in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities since December 5. “Almost all of them are properly coordinated,” the interior minister said.
“But as you know the exercise of the constitutional right for the freedom of speech should not restrict the rights of other people and turn in an obstacle for the traffic, pedestrians and disrupt the work of organizations,” Nurgaliyev concluded.