Amnesty International just shared this video, of an unusual one-person demonstration in Moscow:
The YouTube post, simply, “Protesting with more than one person on the streets of Moscow is illegal! So Amnesty decided to take another approach.”
According to Wikipedia:
If the assembly in public is expected to involve more than one participant, its organisers are obliged to notify executive or local self-government authorities of the upcoming event few days in advance in writing. However, legislation does not foresee an authorisation procedure, hence the authorities have no right to prohibit an assembly or change its place unless it threatens the security of participants or is planned to take place near hazardous facilities, important railways, viaducts, pipelines, high voltage electric power lines, prisons, courts, presidential residences or in the border control zone. The right to gather can also be restricted in close proximity of cultural and historical monuments.So, in theory this could have been a legal protest with actual people, if they had notified that authorities. But how viral would that have been? I’d love to hear some Russian insights on this in the comments.
The video shows the police arriving, but I’m also curious to know what the legal consequences — if any — were to the organizers of this free speech protest.