Russian Court proposes to ban advertising a rally before it is permitted

The Russian Constitutional Court has asked people planning to organize rallies to notify the authorities of their intentions and refrain from calling on others to join these actions until they are permitted by the local administration.

Recent legislative amendments that ban advertising rallies before permission for them is granted do not contradict the constitution, the court said in a resolution, which is currently being announced by its chairman Valery Zorkin.

The authorities will be able to ensure citizens' right to hold a peaceful assembly if they are notified of such plans in due time.

"Otherwise, the authorities will lack such an opportunity," the court said in the resolution.

If these requirements are met, the authorities will be able to provide proper security and medical care during such events, as well as tackle other important issues, it said.

In addition, the Russian Constitutional Court has ruled that the organizers of mass events are not allowed to groundlessly reject other itineraries and dates for these actions proposed by the authorities.

Those seeking permission to hold a rally can go to court if they disagree with options offered by the authorities, the court said in a resolution, announced by Zorkin.   

In its resolution, the court will also assess the degree to which the latest amendments to the law on rallies comply with the country's constitution.

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