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591 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     583 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities

PHOTO REPORTS

Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question regarding reports in the British press about the use of force by the Russian police during a public meeting in Moscow on July 27

Question: How would you comment on publications in the British media about the excessive use of force by the Russian police during a public meeting in Moscow on July 27?

Answer: We have taken note of the numerous reports in the British press condemning the actions of the Russian police during the public meeting in support of unregistered candidates to the Moscow City Duma. We would like to note that this, so called “peaceful democratic” action was illegitimate, and it was officially announced by Moscow authorities in advance. The Mayor of Moscow also warned residents of the city that the opposition was trying to manipulate them through social networks and actively urged to take part in an illegal political event. We would like to emphasize that this rally was coordinated and carefully planned. This action was not intended to be peaceful or democratic, but was aimed at rocking the internal political situation in Russia. Protesters (the majority of them do not live in Moscow) deliberately attacked police officers with intent to provoke public unrest. Remarkable is also the wide presentation of foreign media employees, whose presence only pushed opposition activists to act more brazen. And the photo reports from Tverskaya Street were published so quickly fast as if they were specially pre-ordered.

It is to note that the cynical presentation by the British media of July 27 events in Moscow was biased and devoid of every kind of objectivity. Apparently, the high standards of journalism, as well as principle of impartiality, advocated by UK, do not work outside its borders. Double standards have become a distinctive feature of this country's policy and do not really surprise anyone anymore. It is remarkable easily British media forgot about the numerous protest movements and harsh police actions in their own country. If you want to imagine how the British security forces would have acted, if they were in Moscow, remember the student protests in London in November and December 2010 (photos are attached), the events of March 2011, when more than 250 thousand people took to the streets in protest against state policy of budget cuts (more than 200 people were arrested, with 38 injured). We would also like to recall the riots in England in August 2011, which were accompanied by fierce clashes with the police, arsons and robberies (almost 2,000 people were arrested, 186 were injured, 5 were dead). From recent examples, the London police detained about 500 participants in the peaceful environmental protest "Extinction Rebellion" in April 2019.

Attention is also drawn to the provisions of British law. In accordance with the Police Act of 1996, organizers of mass riots can be sentenced to 10 years in prison, and in the case of unauthorized or prohibited public events that impede traffic or pedestrians, the police in the UK have the right to independently take necessary measures, including the use of physical force and special means.

In other words, British democracy can defend itself, which it demonstrates in practice.

 

1 August 2019, 10:00





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