The Russian police detained dozens of protesters on Sunday, including the opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, after some civilians and minors took to the streets to demonstrate against the rule of PM Dmitry Medvedev.

The Kremlin respects people’s civil position and their right to express it, but civil activism can only be expressed in accordance with the law and in places where the law prescribes.

Russia can not respect those who deliberately mislead underage minors, promising them some payment in return for participating in an unauthorized protests, exposing them to danger. All those eager to demonstrate will be able to participate in rallies, as long as it is in strict compliance with Russian legislation.

The rally in Moscow had not been authorized as such, while the city offered two alternative sites for a demonstration and a march. The organizers rejected both sites, bringing people to a prohibited venue.

Law enforcement agencies are conducting a probe into reports of underage kids taking part in these protests in return for money. According to reports underage children were told they would be paid if they were detained.

The Kremlin does not consider it necessary to respond to the calls by the Council of Europe and the US State Department to release those detained during the rallies.

Russia can not agree with this appeal and cannot take it  into account. The obligations the Council of Europe do not imply the need to violate Russia’s domestic legislation.

Reuters / AA Magnum News 2017.

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