Russia is once again showing it has no respect for its own constitution by continuing to deny its own citizens the right to assemble. Article 31 of the Russian constitution clearly states that citizens have the right to freedom of assembly.
A recent wave of “Article 31” protests across Russia has been met with an iron fist. Former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov was just one of 70 arrested on New Years Eve in Moscow.
For the last couple of years now pro-democracy protesters have gathered in Triumfalnaya Square (Moscow) to raise awareness of Article 31 of the constitution. Recently Moscow’s mayor has allowed these protests to go ahead but illegal equivalents around the country have been severely restricted. Russia must allow its citizens the full right to assemble and protest.