11 Dec 2018 21:08

Decision on possible amendments to law on rallies has to be well-considered - Putin

MOSCOW. Dec 11 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he has nothing against possible amendments to the existing law on rallies but the decision has to be well-considered.

"Regarding possible amendments to the law on rallies and processions, etc. Why not? We have to think it over and make a well-considered decision," Putin said during his meeting with the Presidential Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

Putin went on to agree with the Human Rights Council head Mikhail Fedotov who said that late Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a veteran Russian defender of human rights and the head of Moscow Helsinki Group, "was good to find ways to compromise."

Putin said: "Of course, you see, compromises may well be forged under the existing law, if there is a will. However, it is entirely possible to look at some adjustments that can be made to the law. Why not?"

Fedotov said earlier that the administrative arrest of human rights campaigner Lev Ponomaryov dictates the need to reform the law on rallies in Russia.