The Kremlin Told How Putin Treats the Participants of Illegal Actions
OREANDA-NEWS. As the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov told reporters, Russian President Vladimir Putin perceives people who go to illegal actions, but behave peacefully, primarily as citizens of the Russian Federation, but also as those who break the law.
Uncoordinated protests took place on January 23 in various cities of Russia and continued on the 31st, despite numerous warnings from the authorities, and on February 2 after the court's decision on Alexei Navalny.
Dmitry Peskov himself previously called the organizers of the uncoordinated actions provocateurs.
Putin stressed that everyone has the right to express an opinion, but "anything that goes beyond the law is not just counterproductive, but dangerous," all the more so "in no case should minors be pushed forward." Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev previously expressed the opinion that pulling people out during a pandemic to uncoordinated actions is "extremely cynical", since "the situation in the country and in the world is such that any gatherings of a large number of people are dangerous."
As for taking measures against the protesters, according to Peskov, multiple direct attacks on law enforcement officers were recorded at uncoordinated rallies in Moscow, which led to the adoption of tough countermeasures. At the same time, he stressed that "there is no repression in Russia."