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Duma's resolution to denounce May 6 rallies provocateurs

May 15, 2012, 11:12 UTC+3

Some 40 police officers had been injured. Of those, 20 were hospitalized

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MOSCOW, May 15 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian parliament intends to give its opinion about the May 6 events in Moscow, when the so-called "march of millions" escalated to mass disturbances in the center of the city. It will consider a draft resolution brought forward by the pro-Kremlin United Russia Party.

The document noted that during the May 6 events in Moscow, the Opposition "grossly violated the terms, failed to comply with the requirements of the legislation for march, and performed other actions to disrupt the public order; there were attacks on police and calls for mass disturbances. "Masked persons hiding themselves behind citizens, acted not just aggressively, they attacked law-enforcement personnel," it said.

"It was only the professional and responsible actions by police that helped prevent the illegitimate actions, protect the citizens who found themselves in the zone of provocation, prevent the spreading of aggression with respect to Moscow residents, contain the public threat and ensure public security," the authors of the text said.

According to United Russia, some 40 police officers had been injured. Of those, 20 were hospitalized.

Attacks on police in the whole world are regarded as a serious crime; and the violations of the terms of public events are stopped and its participants are severely punished. In United Russia lawmakers' opinion, Russia "must have the norms to protect citizens form provocations and aggressive actions." Nobody has the right to infringe upon public security under the pretext of political slogans and manipulations and attack law-enforcement representatives."

They also underlined that "the responsibility must be borne not only by the perpetrators but also the organizers and instigators." United Russia drew attention to the inadmissibility of political speculations and actions towards demoralization of the society and pressure on police with the view of shifting responsibility to law-enforcement bodies.

"The State Duma lawmakers who participants in such actions, must realize their responsibility and be guided by the law, not political ambitions," the authors of the document said.

They called for toughening the punishment for law-breaking.

Earlier, a number of lawmakers from A Just Russia and the Communist factions tabled a draft resolution on mass violations of Russian citizens' rights in the period from May 6 through May 9, 2012. It demands that the Prosecutor General's Office investigate the violations of citizens rights' by police and take the measures envisioned by the law.

However, this resolution has not been put on the State Duma's agenda yet.


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