Majority of Muscovites disapprove of new rally law
by Alina Lobzina
Muscovites are unimpressed with the new rally rules hastily adopted by the State Duma ahead of the thousands-strong March of Millions II opposition demonstration, according to just released survey results.
Nearly seven in 10 Moscow residents said they opposed the new rules, according to poll results published by the Levada Center pollsters on Wednesday.
The law has made both rally organizers and common participants liable for sky-high fines for violations of public order. â€œSimultaneous mass loitering or movement of citizensâ€ in public places has also fallen under the new rules.
Two-thirds face no inconvenience from protests
Russian top officials repeatedly said that constitutional freedoms, including the right for peaceful assemblies, are to be observed only when they donâ€™t infringe upon the rights of other citizens.
And 3 percent of all people surveyed confirmed facing serious problems due to protests, 14 percent more said they faced some inconvenience and 64 percent admitted having no trouble at all. Fifteen percent of Muscovites were sure that any problems have been invented by the authorities to build obstacles for protesters. Moscowâ€™s Occupy Camp in the Chistiye Prudy area was dispersed by police due to complaints by local residents. None of those who officially submitted complains have ever come out with any public statement or spoken with journalists.
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