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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





LATEST EVENTS

03.09.2020

Opening of the Memorial to the fallen soldiers in Manchester

On 3 September 2020 Ambassador Andrei Kelin participated in the unveiling ceremony of the Memorial in honoured memory of the Soviet soldiers who gave their lives liberating Europe, and in recognition of the brave people of the besieged Leningrad. Participants of the ceremony also included Lord Mayor of Manchester City Councillor Abid Latif Chohan, representatives of the Russian Embassy in London and the Russian community of Manchester.


21.08.2020

Russian diplomats visit British potato processing enterprise in Norfolk

On 19 August 2020 diplomats of the Russian Embassy visited British enterprise “Albert Bartlett” in county Norfolk which specialises in potato processing and producing potato meals. Diplomats met the owners and managers of the company and then had a tour of the enterprise. Matters related to the development of cooperation in humanitarian and agricultural areas, as well as organising a visit to Russian agricultural enterprises were discussed.


28.07.2020

Agricultural Attaché Derbenskiy visits British farm in county Cornwall

On 24-25 July 2020 the Agricultural Attaché of the Russian Embassy Vladimir Derbenskiy visited agricultural farm Trevear Farm and potato processing plant in Cornwall. Vladimir Derbenskiy met the owner and had a tour of fields and livestock farm. Matters related to the development of cooperation between Russian and British farmers and organizing a visit to Russian agricultural enterprises were discussed.


22.06.2020

Candle Lighting Ceremony to commemorate the Day of Memory and Sorrow

On the Day of Memory and Sorrow Ambassador Andrei Kelin took part in a commemorative Candle Lighting Ceremony near the Soviet War Memorial in London. Together we pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives defending the Motherland against the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War.


17.06.2020

On presenting school diplomas

On 17 June 2020, the Embassy hosted the ceremony of presenting school diplomas of upper (full) secondary education to the graduates of the Russian Embassy School. Messages of congratulations were said by Ambassador Andrei Kelin and the school Principal Sergey Salomakhin, who presented the long-awaited diplomas as well as gold medals to those who completed the school course with excellence.


09.05.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin participated in the wreath laying ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial in London on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War

On 9 May 2020 Ambassador Andrei Kelin participated in the wreath laying ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial near the Imperial War Museum in London on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.


07.05.2020

On paying tribute to Soviet soldiers of World War II

In total there are 18 Soviet military graves across the UK. Throughout April and beginning of May Ambassador Andrei Kelin and Embassy staff have paid tribute and laid flowers to the graves of Soviet soldiers of World War II, buried at cemeteries in Aldershot, Chester, Liverpool, Shaftesbury and Tidworth. Part of the memorial work will also be covered by our compatriots living in the UK. It is important to preserve the memory of these heroes who fought for our freedom and died while defending the Motherland.


22.04.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin paid tribute to Soviet soldiers of World War II

On 22 April 2020 Ambassador Andrei Kelin and his spouse, as well as the Embassy Defence and Military Attaché Colonel Mikhail Ivanov, paid tribute and laid flowers to the graves of to Soviet soldiers of World War II, buried at Tidworth Military Cemetery. The ceremony is part of a series of commemorative events dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of Victory in World War II.


04.03.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin visits Cambridge Union

On 4th March 2020 Ambassador Andrei Kelin visited the Cambridge Union. His Excellency was warmly welcomed and briefed the members on the current state of relations between Russia and the UK, as well as outlined Russia’s position on most pressing international issues. The guests showed genuine interest in the discussion, while the Ambassador was more than happy to answer all possible questions from the audience after his talk. During the visit Mr Kelin also signed in the guestbook of the Union.


28.02.2020

Russian Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s welcoming words to the guests at the opening of the “Stalingrad in British History” exhibition at the St Albans Museum and Gallery, February 28, 2020

Russia and Great Britain were key allies in World War II. And Britain was the only country to have launched a mass fund-raising movement to support the city of Stalingrad which suffered heavy damage from Nazi bombings. People from over 300 towns and cities across the UK have participated in this campaign, including St Albans. The exhibition “Stalingrad in British History” is dedicated not so much to the history of the battle itself, as to this precise partnership and solidarity among the peoples of our two nations.



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