MOSCOW, February 10 – RIA Novosti. Vasily Piskarev, head of the State Duma commission to investigate the facts of interference in the affairs of the Russian Federation from outside, noted the “high accuracy” of the work of law enforcement officers at uncoordinated actions in Moscow: they did not succumb to provocations.
On Wednesday, a meeting of the State Duma commission to investigate the facts of interference by foreign states in the internal affairs of Russia is being held on the topic: “On activities from outside to stimulate a protest agenda and involve minors in protest actions.”
“It should be noted the” high accuracy “of law enforcement officers and those who helped them, since they did not succumb to provocations that were actively undertaken,” Piskarev said.
Uncoordinated protests took place on January 23 in different cities of Russia and continued on February 31 and February 2, despite numerous warnings from the authorities, including the danger of contracting coronavirus. In criminal cases, both the organizers of the rallies and ordinary participants accused of attacks on security forces were detained.
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.”
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov called the organizers of the uncoordinated actions provocateurs. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, everyone has the right to express an opinion, but “anything that goes beyond the law is not just counterproductive, but dangerous.”