Russia banned protests during the Olympic Winter Games


Along with other safety measures during Winter Olympic games  2014 Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered regulation which forbids any kind of demonstration and limits  access to town, which rose public concern.

Winter Olympic games will be held from 7th February till 23rd March, and Paralympics from 7th to 16th March.

Edict includes safety measures, such as access to Sochi during Olympic games. So from 7th January to 21st March in town will be able to enter only cars with local registration plates, emergency cars and those accredited by the organiser of Olympic games.

In that period in Sochi will be forbidden all kind of  gatherings, meetings, demonstrations, marches and pickets that are not part of Olympic games or Paralympics.

Apart from that, Regulation introduces “controlled zones” which include Olympic objects, harbours, railway stations and special traffic control points for check up of things that people bring into the town.

Decree also forbids transfer by car over the boarder with Republic of Abkhazia, which is few kilometres from Olympic park.

Safety aspect on Winter Olympic games is priority for Russian government since North Caucasus is near, which was the witness of violent history of Islamic rebel.

Jihadists have already threatened. In July via video appeal Chechen Islamist militant and leader of Islamic rebel on north of Caucasus, Doku Umarov called militants to use any kind of methods to disturb Winter Olympic games 2014.

Some people who support the right said that the regulation has the aim to prevent demonstrations against new Russian law which forbids gay propaganda focused on minors.

Gay activist Nikolay Alekseev said that he believed that the new law is illegal and he intends to dispute ban in Russian Supreme court next week. “We believe that the measure is unconstitutional.. but, it is little likely that Russian courts will stay on our side. But we will use all means, all up to European court for human rights, even if in the time of decision Olympic games are over” said Alekseev.

“Functioning at normal laws can be suspended by president’s decree, if it is elementary cause or was.Do Winter Olympic games in Sochi satisfy any of these criterions?”,  asks Alekseev.”What kind of face we wand to show to the world? Is it Russia as open, democratic country? Or it is excursion in Soviet history, in Moscow of 80s?Why isn’t it allowed to people to express their opinion?”, adds Alekseev.

“In my opinion edict is unconstitutional.But, this will not mean a lot, since it will be respected in every case”, thinks Pavel Chikov from Russian group for human rights Agora.

Famous blogger from Sochi, Aleksandr Valov, wrote that this law will transform resort Sochi in Olympic concentration camp.

Giving an answer to international concern because of law on gay propaganda, deputy of Russian prime minister Dmitrij Kozak said in the letter to international Olympic committee  that Russia will respect the regulation of Olympic declaration against any kind of discrimination.

President of International Olympic committee Jacques Rogge reacted by saying that he was “consoled” by Russian swcurity. “We will inform now all national Olympic committees and all sports persons who want to know what to expect”, said Rogge to journalists after speaking in front of General assembly UN.

Earlier International Olympic committee said that all assurances were given from authorities in Russia, that the legislative will not influence on those who arrive or participate on the games.

But, despite that, International Olympic committee has its rights according to which participants are not allowed any political gestures.

International rule is applied during recent World athletic championship held in Moscow, when Swedish high jumper Emma Green Tregaro painted nails in rainbow colours as a support for gay rights and she had to re-paint it in red after she was warned by main athletic body , IAAF.

Russian minister of sport Vitalij Mutko said that controversies about the law which forbids gay propaganda toward children is created by medias. He promised that sports people rights or rights of visitors on Winter Olympic games in Sochi will not be violated.

Regulations, brought in Russia on 30th June, introduce penalties for propaganda on non traditional sex relationships towards minors, including those in medias and on internet.

Law critics say that sex minors are discriminated , which leaves law interpretation for starting the lawsuit of anybody for expressing support to gay and lesbians rights.

However, Russian MPs say that the law does not intend to break the gay rights, but to protect minors from propaganda on non traditional sexual relationships.





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