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Amid growing civil activity administrative punishment must be flexible - Medvedev

April 29, 2012, 2:11 UTC+3
“One hundred rubles or a 15-day arrest – these options look strange”
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MOSCOW, April 29 (Itar-Tass) —— In view of the growing civil activity in Russia the administrative punishment for legal violations must be far more flexible, President Dmitry Medvedev said at a meeting of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights on Saturday.

“As far as the freedom of assembly legislation is concerned. True, this legislation cannot be static, it is changing, too,” Medvedev said. “The question is about how to apply it. About its adequacy, and about how scrupulously and accurately it is observed.”

“I believe that in view of the growing level of civil activity in the country (and this is a hard fact and a very good one) the administrative punishments for ignoring or abusing this legislation (violations do take place, let us not be idealizing those who attend such events) must be far more flexible than they are now,” Medvedev said. “One hundred rubles or a 15-day arrest – these options look strange.”

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