We really convince people every month more and more that in Russia, it turns out, what is written in the Western European mass media is not happening. We prove that Navalny was saved and not poisoned. We show that on August 8, 2008, it was Saakashvili’s regime that invaded Tskhinvali and that the Russian peacekeepers also suffered, but Russia did not invade. We prove that there must be the truth here in PACE.
Anyone detained for demonstrations in Russia risks up to 20,000 roubles in fines (220 EUR, February 2021).
In France, participation in a meeting is punished with up to 15,000 euro or six months prison
In Sweden, demonstrating is punished with 2 years prison
In Finland – 3 years or 15,000 euro
In Great Britain participation in mass riots might cost 2,000 euro or 10 years prison
In New Zealand on might get 2 years prison.
As you see, even considering the difference in income, our punishment is much lower than what is the rule in the humane, civilised world.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying Russia as more democratic than Western states. The claim is a regurgitation of an earlier claim in Russian state radio.
The claim deliberately confounds, on the one hand, legal restrictions on violent public behaviour in some Western states and, on the other, the quasi-legal concept of "unsanctioned rally" which the Russian state routinely invokes as an excuse to crack down on peaceful protests. The arbitrary use of this provision runs contrary to international judicial precedent (see pp. 6-18), reports and opinions issued by international bodies (e.g. UN Human Rights Council pp. 7-13; Venice Commission pp. 18-26; OSCE pp. 15-21), and Russia's own constitution (Art. 31).
None of the countries mentioned in the claim have legislation stipulating prison time for peaceful protesters. In France, a term of up to six months can only be given to repeat violent offenders who ignore a prohibition to attend public demonstrations; in Sweden, four years is the maximum term for individuals found "demonstrating intent to use concerted violence against a public authority [...] and do not disperse at the command of a public authority" (Swedish Criminal Code, Chapter 16, Section 1, emphasis added); in Finland, only those found guilty of "public incitement to an offence" face up to two years in prison (Finnish Criminal Code, Chapter 17, Section 1), not three; in New Zealand, two years' imprisonment is the maximum sentence given specifically to rioters, meaning those who "acting together, are using violence against persons or property to the alarm of persons in the neighbourhood of that group" (Crimes Act 1961, Section 87); in the UK, a 10-year prison sentence is reserved for those convicted of rioting, and a five-year term for perpetrators of violent disorders (Public Order Act 1986, Sections 1 and 2).
The EU has condemned mass detentions and police brutality during the protests in Russia. Human rights organisations warn about thousands of protesters detained following the protests in Russian cities.