At the same time, rallies are still prohibited due to the coronavirus.

We are talking about organizing “hyde parks” in every district of Moscow, where it will be possible to hold public events, primarily rallies. The initiative comes from the municipal deputies of the Gagarinsky district, who have prepared “a number of legislative initiatives” for submission to the Moscow City Duma, writes “Kommersant”.

The idea of ​​creating “hyde parks” is not new – it arose after the protests on Bolotnaya Square in 2011-2012. Then Vladimir Putin suggested creating a place in Moscow like London’s Hyde Park, so that “everyone who wants to be given the opportunity to speak out on any issue absolutely freely, openly, so that the media can convey this point of view to all citizens of the Russian Federation.”

Shortly thereafter, in 2013, oppositionist Eduard Limonov and a group of State Duma deputies filed a complaint against the law on rallies in force at the time. The Constitutional Court ruled that changes should be made to it, taking into account the creation of “hyde parks”. “Due to the fact that the above-mentioned guidelines of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, addressed to the regional authorities, have not been enshrined in federal legislation, [их] it is proposed to be enshrined in the legislation of Moscow,” the municipal deputies now explain their initiative.

In fairness, it should be said that there were still several similar venues for rallies in Moscow: one in Sokolniki Park, the other in Gorky Park. The latter closed in 2015 after the reconstruction of Pushkinskaya Embankment, while the former still exists, but is not in demand: in 2022, only one application was submitted for this site, and even that was rejected due to the coronavirus. Data for 2021 is not available, and in 2020 the so-called “Hyde Park” was closed from March to November. And if we recall the uncoordinated actions of recent years, they took place somewhere in the center, in the area of ​​​​the Boulevard Ring, and the agreed ones – on Akademik Sakharov Avenue, and not in Sokolniki.

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