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Article 31 of The Russian Constitution states that, , , .
Indeed, Russians’ constitutional right to public meetings is regulated byAccording to the law, one person or a group can act as the , and anyone who is at least 16 years old and .
Also, thecan be a , or , and .
These people or groups are authorized to. Such should be and should be to the local authorities no later than 10 days before the event, or, in case of picketing, 3 days.
The law does not state that the authorities must be notified about protests or rallies. Neither does the law state that acan or must be by the police. According to the law, a rally or a demonstration must be postponed if any occurs; if such a violation poses a threat to the life and health of citizens or to their property, the rally or demonstration must be ceased.
However, in practice, all the forms of public meetings are oftenand organizers are often told that they must meet at a different location or time – or, in the case of gay pride parades, for instance, are simply told that they cannot meet at all. The authorities have often used the excuse that the event would pose a threat to protestors’ health and lives because of the likelihood that such an event would be broken up forcibly by violent nationalists as a counter-demonstration.
After, protest organizers have the right to for the event and cause. They can also or .
At the protest, participants can be engaged in a variety of activities:, , or . are entitled to . They can also use , such as a , which is colloquially called a in Russian.
Sometimes, protests have. At the protest on Sakharova Prospect in Moscow on December 24, some participants with whistles issued to them by organizers, some came dressed in various costumes and masks, and some attendees .
At the protests of the so-called, such as their rallies at Triumfalnaya Square in Moscow, participants . Several years ago, hundreds of participants of the youth movement Nashi dressed as Santa Clauses and Snowmaidens for their pro-government rally. Communists frequently at their demonstrations.
At the end of a rally or a demonstration, participants. For example, at the protest for fair elections at Bolotnaya Square in Moscow on December 10, the organizers worked out the following resolutions: “1.) ; 2.) ; 3.) ; 4.) ; and 5.) .
The resolution is then accepted by a largely nominal voice vote.