The US Embassy in Russia knows the place and time of uncoordinated actions in Russian cities on January 23, it published a list, while urging Americans to avoid such events.
“According to media reports, on Saturday, January 23, demonstrations are planned throughout Russia in support of one of the opposition activists. These demonstrations are likely to be unauthorized. Given the likely significant presence of the police and the possible dispersal of demonstrators in other areas (Russian – ed.) cities, US citizens should avoid these demonstrations and any related events, “- said in a statement on the website of the diplomatic mission.
The US Embassy in the Russian Federation has published a list of more than 10 large Russian cities, where, according to its data, unauthorized actions will take place on Saturday, and also attached a list of security measures recommended for its citizens.
In particular, the American diplomatic mission urged compatriots in Russia to avoid crowded places, monitor up-to-date information on the holding of actions in local media, monitor their surroundings, notify their relatives and loved ones about the current situation, and also have identity documents with them, including a US passport with a valid Russian visa.
The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor General’s Office have repeatedly warned about the responsibility of both the organizers and ordinary participants in the unauthorized actions planned in Moscow and other cities on January 23. They are regarded as provocations, a threat to public order and will be “immediately suppressed”.
At the same time, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia demanded to block the calls distributed on the Internet to come to such events, which in itself is prohibited by law. According to the president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, “certain provocateurs” are calling for the action, whose actions “are well understood by us.”
Special attention is paid to schoolchildren – parents are asked to protect them from actions – and to students: the Kremlin noted that participation in such events “can have very different assessments from the leadership of educational institutions”.
Olga Yaroslavskaya, Ombudsman for Children’s Rights in Moscow, also spoke out categorically against “involving children in political games” in an interview with RIA Novosti. According to her, when the guys get older, they will be able to “understand the essence and background of certain movements.”
The authorities of Russian cities, having previously refused to hold mass events, explained this by the difficult epidemiological situation due to the coronavirus.