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ST. PETERSBURG, November 2 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s Constitutional Court on Thursday accepted for consideration a complaint from one of the leaders of the Other Russia, Eduard Savenko (Limonov). The complaint challenged the norm of the Law on Rallies that deprives a person with outstanding convictions or a person more than two times brought to administrative responsibility under a number of articles of the RF Code of Administrative Offences, of the right to organise rallies, processions and picketing, the CC press service confirmed.
The court representative also said that it has been decided to consolidate in one case the complaint of Mr. Savenko with the inquiry of members of the State Duma lower house of parliament from A Just Russia and the Communist Party factions that also challenged some of the provisions of the Law on Rallies. “Both appeals will be considered at a meeting on November 27, 2012,” he said. RF Constitutional Court Judge Sergei Knyazev has been appointed reporting judge on the issue.
The law amending the RF Code of Administrative Offences and the Law on Rallies was passed by the State Duma on the night of June 5 after hours of discussions, on June 6 it was approved by the Federation Council upper house and on June 8 it was signed by President Vladimir Putin.
Its initial draft worked out by a group MPs from the United Russia party, led by Alexander Sidyakin, proposed a fine of up to 1.5 million roubles for violations during public events. However, the fine sum was later reduced to 300 thousand for individuals (in the previous version of the CC these sanctions were limited to 2 thousand roubles) and 600 thousand roubles for officials (in the current Code of Administrative Offences - 50 thousand roubles).
The law introduces a new kind of punishment - compulsory community service to which an offender is sentenced by court and that should not exceed 4 hours a day at off-duty time during a total of 20 to 200 hours.
The law also stipulates that protesters must not hide their face, to be in a state of intoxication and carry alcoholic beverages and means of defence. It introduces restrictions on the organisation of public events for persons who have unexpunged or unspent conviction for a crime against public security and public law and order, or for those who two or more times within one year from the date of the end of the sentence were brought to responsibility for the violation of the Law on Rallies.