Transparency International condemns the arrests of anti-corruption protestors in Russia
Issued by Transparency International Secretariat
On 12 June, rallies against corruption took place in Moscow, St. Petersburg and in many other cities across Russia. These rallies were accompanied by detentions. According to various estimates, more than a thousand demonstrators were arrested and dozens of people are still in custody.
Transparency International and Transparency International Russia condemn the massive police detention of civilians. Article 31 of the Russian Constitution guarantees citizens the right to assemble peacefully, without weapons, hold rallies, meetings and demonstrations.
Corruption in society should be eliminated, as it is the cause of protest. People who gathered in peaceful protest against corruption should not be arrested or prosecuted.
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