Solo picketer talks to policeman in Volgograd, January 31, 2019. Photo by Vyacheslav Yaschenko for the Caucasian Knot

31 January 2019, 22:35

Volgograd activists hold pickets in defence of Article 31 of Russian Constitution

Today, in Volgograd, activists have held seven solo pickets within the all-Russian campaign "Strategy-31". They explained the format of their protest action by the fact that the City Mayoralty refused to sanction a group picket in a notified place.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the activists from the "Strategy-31" repeatedly held solo pickets in Volgograd. They insist on the compliance with Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which provides for the right of citizens to hold peaceful assemblies, rallies, demonstrations, processions, and pickets. The recent such action took place on December 31, 2018.

In Volgograd, seven solo pickets in defence of Article 31 of the Russian Constitution within the all-Russian action "Strategy-31" began at 4:15 p.m. local time. Five activists with posters in their hands were standing in Alley of Heroes, while other two picketers were in front of the Central Bank building.

"We traditionally stand in defence of Article 31 of the Constitution. It is our inalienable right to gather peacefully, without weapons, to hold meetings, rallies, demonstrations, marches, and pickets. And our City Mayoralty deprives us of our right. Officials refuse to sanction our actions," Toma Grodneva, a participant of the action, told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on January 31, 2019 at 06:55 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Vyacheslav Yaschenko; Source: CK correspondent

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