Moscow police warned of responsibility for participating in unauthorized actions on 23 January. This is reported on website Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the capital.
“Attempts to hold an uncoordinated public event, as well as any provocative actions on the part of their participants, will be regarded as a threat to public order and immediately suppressed,” the message says.
As noted in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, calls to participate in the actions appeared on social networks and some media. The police promised to immediately respond to offenses and take all measures to ensure law and order. Law enforcement officials urged not to succumb to provocations.
Earlier, the Ministry of Internal Affairs stated that the agitators could be brought to administrative responsibility even before the events are held, since the police have reason to punish “everyone who calls on the Internet in person, by sending written requests.” The suppression of the actions on January 23 by the security forces was also reported earlier in the Prosecutor General’s Office.
Supporters of Alexei Navalny, who was detained at Sheremetyevo airport and later arrested for 30 days, announced plans to hold unauthorized actions on 23 January. The detention took place on the basis of a decree of the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service for Moscow, according to which Navalny was put on the wanted list for systematic violations of the conditions of the probationary period.