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Non-system Opposition needs civilized methods

March 06, 2012, 18:22 UTC+3

Lawmakers at the State Duma said the so-called non-system Opposition should look for civilized methods in a dialogue with the authorities, warning it against new breaches of law

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MOSCOW, March 6 (Itar-Tass) — Lawmakers at the State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament said the so-called non-system Opposition should look for civilized methods in a dialogue with the authorities, warning it against new breaches of law.

"The information available to the law-enforcement bodies gives reasons for not only warning about the inadmissibility of violations of law, but also for taking all the necessary measures within the framework of the effective legislation to stop any provocations or unsanctioned actions," chairwoman of the house committee for security and fighting corruption Irina Yarovaya /United Russia faction/ said.

Yarovaya said "she would hate these "connoisseurs" of effective legislation to use other people in their unsightly actions."

"Nemtsov, Navalny, Udaltsov and others should understand that nobody will let them break the law or put public security in danger," the parliamentarian warned.

For his part, first deputy chairman of the house committee on nationalities Mikhail Starshinov thinks that there is nothing new in the fact that "rallies have been held; it was expected; people have the right to do it, and the authorities gave an opportunity to express their opinion."

Starshinov said the actions by police on Monday were "absolutely correct."

As a Moscow resident, I don't wish to see, for example Comrade Udaltsov living in a tent in the square in front of Moscow' central cinema house. If he wishes to live in a tent, let him put it put at his dacha or elsewhere. Why the interests of an overwhelming majority of citizens should be infringed upon by a whim of a relatively small group? We can only shake the hands of the police officers," he added.

"If these gentlemen wish to engage in politics in earnest, they should do it in a completely different way. The State Duma will soon approve a package of presidential laws on modernizing the political system, let them establish a party; even now there is such an opportunity.

Meanwhile, deputy chairman of the committee for security Gennady Gudkov /Just Russia/ said police had overreacted when it used force on the civilians on Monday evening.

"The authorities show toughness instead of showing wisdom. I urge them to draw conclusions from yesterday's evening," Gudkov underlined.

"The only way to resolve the situation is through dialoge with the Opposition while taking into account the demands formulated by people on the streets. Otherwise, the conflict will continue to escalate, assume other forms, and this process might unsettle the political situation in the country," he warned.


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