Moscow prosecutor’s office warned of liability for uncoordinated protest action

The agency made an official statement amid calls for an unsanctioned rally in the center of Moscow that appeared on the Web. Prosecutors reminded that this action was not approved by the authorities. Therefore, they can be held accountable both for participating in it and for calling for it.

Violations can be qualified under Articles 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation – “Violation of the established procedure for organizing or holding a meeting, rally, demonstration, procession or picketing”, and 20.3.3 – “Public actions aimed at discrediting the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.”

Also, the organizers can be held criminally liable under article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – “Public dissemination of knowingly false information about the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.” If this leads to riots, the instigators can receive up to 15 years in prison.

In addition, involvement of teenagers in an unauthorized action will be considered a serious violation. In this case, the parents of minors may also be held liable.

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