Thursday, April 05, 2007

Don't Let Cheney See This....

Moscow passes tough law restricting political rallies

Luke Harding in Moscow
Thursday April 5, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

Russia's opposition groups today denounced as "absurd" a new law passed by Moscow's city council that restricts the number of people allowed to take part in political rallies to two for every square metre.

Opposition parties said the legislation — introduced by Moscow's pro-Kremlin Duma yesterday — was designed to prevent protests against Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, before elections later this year.

Under the new law, demonstrators are no longer allowed to gather in front of historic monuments, ruling out most of the centre of Moscow. The law also restricts meetings held indoors. Police now have the right to break up political gatherings if there are more people than chairs.

How would they enforce this? Send all the cops out in riot gear and little holsters for their measuring tapes?

Another sign Russia is in a spiral.


At 2:56 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I've told so many people when Putin came into office that he was not one to be trusted. There's a slow drip of rights being taken away, and the world sleeps while it happens. Very scary. Of course, Georgie looked into Putin's soul and saw good. What does that tell you?


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