DEMONSTRATION FOR RESIGNATION OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE STATE COMMITTEE FOR DRUG CONTROL ALEXANDER MIKHAYLOV IS ADJOURNED IN ORDER TO BE CARRIED OUT ACCORDING TO THE NEW LAW ON RALLIES


Statement by Nikolaj Khramov, secretary of the movement "Russian Radicals"

Moscow, June 9, 2004

Yesterday the Council of Federation approved the new law on rallies adopted by the State Duma. After introduction of amendments for which the democratic forces struggled and which they achieved, it assumed a quite acceptable character and anyway in this form it represents a step forward in comparison with the current by-law (and as a matter of fact - illegal) order. In particular, under the new law the prefecture will not have any more the opportunity, as it happens now, to refuse to accept notifications from organizers. A demonstration can be banned only by the decision of the court. The notification about the realization of a picket can be submitted three days before the action, instead of ten days as now. The law should come into force literally in several days, when it is signed by the president and published in the "Rossiyskaya Gazeta".

Taking into account this situation, one can understand the desire of the prefect of the Central district of Moscow Mr. Baydakov for the last time, probably, to show his strength to the citizens entrusted to his "care", just as it happenned in respect of us, Radicals and antiprohibitionists, organizers of the demonstration for resignation of the vice-president of the SCDC Mikhaylov. Of course, we do not abandon our intention to give the prefecture an opportunity to expound its reasons in the course of a court session where our complaint against the ban of the demonstration will be considered. However, as to the demonstration on Friday, the session of the Coordinating Committee of our movement which has been just finished, after a long discussion decided to adjourn it for several days in order to carry it out according to the new law on rallies which by then will enter into force.


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