14 Aug 2019 12:08

Rights activists ask prosecutors to investigate use of foul language by law enforcement officers at unauthorized rallies

MOSCOW. Aug 14 (Interfax) - The Public Verdict foundation is asking Moscow prosecutors to discipline the police and Russian Guard officers who worked at the recent unauthorized rallies in Moscow. The human rights activists were outraged by their use of foul language.

"The message to the city's acting prosecutor was sent by the foundation's lawyer Irina Biryukova. Links to three videos from the protests, which were published on the Internet, were attached to the message. In those videos, police officers actively use foul language when speaking to citizens, which constitutes petty hooliganism," Public Verdict told Interfax.

Several authorized and unauthorized rallies in support of independent candidates to the Moscow City Duma have been held in Moscow since mid-July. According to the Interior Ministry, the most recent rally, held on Sakharov Avenue on August 10, had 20,000 participants. The volunteer organization White Meter estimated the number of protesters to be some 50,000-60,000.

Protesters were detained at all rallies. The most people - over 1,000 - were detained on July 27.