Participants in unauthorized actions on January 31 can be prosecuted under the article on mass riots. The protesters were warned about this at the Prosecutor General’s Office on Friday, January 29.
“If during public events provocations and attempts at violent actions are recorded, the actions of these persons can be qualified under Article 212 of the Criminal Code,” the supervisory authority said in its Telegram channel.
Violators will face imprisonment for up to 15 years.
A similar warning was issued to the Russian Interior Ministry.
In addition, the Prosecutor General’s Office recalled that the involvement of minors in this illegal activity can constitute a crime under Articles 150 and 151.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
Also, the supervisory authority demanded that Roskomnadzor block access to websites that contain calls for holding rallies not coordinated with the authorities. It is noted that appropriate warnings were issued to the management of social networks.
Earlier on the same day, the investigation filed charges in absentia against the head of Navalny’s network of regional headquarters, Leonid Volkov, for involving teenagers in unauthorized actions and put him on the wanted list.
Also on Friday, the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow warned citizens of responsibility, up to criminal, for appeals in the media and social networks to participate in unauthorized actions on January 31.
On January 23, uncoordinated actions took place in different cities of Russia. In Moscow and St. Petersburg, there were also children among the detainees. On the eve of the incident, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case on the involvement of minors in illegal actions on the basis of calls for participation in illegal actions.
After the actions, investigators opened a number of criminal cases, including the use of violence against government officials, hooliganism and violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules.
In addition, the police found out that some of the participants fell ill with COVID-19. They were isolated at their place of residence due to the diagnosis. In Moscow, a criminal case was initiated in this regard, as it turned out that among the participants in the unauthorized event there were those who had to observe isolation in connection with the COVID-19 disease.