Russias Constitutional Court has ruled that the authorities cannot refuse authorization for rallies over their inability to provide security, the state-run TASS news agency has reported.
Authorities in the Siberian city of Irkutsk rejected activist Valery Teterins request to hold a rally last fall, citing Teterins inability to define how organizers would ensure public order and security. Teterin appealed the decision, saying that Russias laws on rallies dont clearly define requirements for ensuring public order.
The Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday that although rally organizers should participate in ensuring order and participants safety, the authorities are ultimately responsible for ensuring safety and security at protests.
Teterins lawyer, Sergey Golubok, was cited as saying by the Fontanka news website that the vague wording of Russias protest law has allowed the authorities to prohibit protests that clash with their agendas.
“I dont like what the [rally] organizer has written, so lets not consider their application. If we dont consider the application, there will be no rally,” Golubok said.