Russian State Duma Reported on the Existing of Camps for the Preparation of Protests in the Country
OREANDA-NEWS. Kommersant newspaper reported that the Duma Commission on the Investigating of Foreign Interference in Russia’s Internal Affairs has found in a number of regions the so-called “camps” funded from abroad, in which the organizers of protest actions in the country are being trained.
The deputies consider that the creation of such centers was initiated by nonprofit organization that can operate in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Crimea, Omsk and the regions of the North Caucasus. The commission did not specify the exact list of organizations and their location.
As the member of the commission, Adalbi Shkhagoshev, told the journalists, such camps for training protest organizers can be “virtual”, which refers to “concentration of protest thoughts in social networks that does not have a graphic designation”.
Parliamentarians propose introducing criminal punishment for organizers of unauthorized actions that have been trained in such camps, including imprisonment. Shkhagoshev said that a bill on this will be introduced next year. According to a member of the commission, Andrei Isaev, it is not yet clear whether these will be amendments to the current articles of the Criminal Code or a new article will appear.
On November 14, the head of the commission, Vasily Piskarev, said that the deputies discovered attempts of foreign states to intervene in Russian affairs in 17 regions of the country. “We counted more than 50 legal entities and individuals, foreign or Russian working for money from abroad, which… influenced the domestic policy of the regions,” he said. According to him, these entities and persons also collect information “for inciting interreligious, interethnic and other types of strife.”