The Ministry of justice is not going to change the article of the Penal code, which condemned the Dading
The Ministry of justice has prepared amendments to the article about the systematic violations at rallies after decision of the constitutional court on the complaint of the activist Ildar Dading, reports TASS with reference to the Minister of justice Alexander Konovalov.
“As I recall, the decision of the constitutional court does not involve mandatory preparation of amendments to the bill. Specific plans for preparation of bills we have now is not” – said the Minister at the International legal forum in St. Petersburg.
Konovalov said that the optimization of the legislation is carried out by the Agency is always and as planned. “If in the context of our work, these proposals will appear, we will definitely present”, – he concluded.
Ildar Dading became the first and only convicted under article 212.1 (“the Repeated violation of the established procedure of organizing or holding meetings, rallies, demonstrations, marches or picketing”) after her appearance in the new edition of the Criminal code of the Russian Federation in the summer of 2014. Basmanny court of Moscow in December 2015 sentenced the activist to three years in prison, finding guilty on four counts of participation in uncoordinated protests.
In March 2016, the Moscow city court reduced the sentence Dadina up to two years and six months. February 10, 2017 the constitutional court of the Russian Federation ruled that the case Dading should be reconsidered, and the article of the criminal code, for which he was convicted, is subject to change. However, the COP recognized that Dadina appointed punishment in the form of criminal responsibility is not contrary to the fundamental law of the Russian Federation.
On February 22, the Supreme court overturned the verdict Dadina and acknowledged his right to rehabilitation. A week later, representatives of the Supreme court and the Ministry of justice has declared readiness to cancel the article, which condemned activist. And the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko urged the experts to study carefully the article 212.1 and, if necessary, to clarify its provisions. The Chairman of the Federation Council noted that, perhaps, “blurred some of the concepts in this article allow you to abuse its contents and make, maybe, redundant measures, as happened with Davnym”.
But on April 28 the Russian government acted against the abolition of the article and gave a negative opinion on a bill introduced in the state Duma of the LDPR faction.