“All this is connected with the electoral cycle ... In 2014, when there were previous elections, about 111 people were not allowed to participate in the elections. For various reasons, the election commission for the relevant violations of these people did not allow before the election. This year, 57 people were not allowed before the elections, also for obvious violations during the election campaigns, signatures are simply falsified there, according to experts of the election commission, ”Putin said.
According to the president, there are precedents when unregistered candidates who go to court defend their right to be elected.
“As for the events themselves, I think that citizens have the right to peaceful, consistent with the law, and the authorities should ensure the implementation of these rights. But no one - neither the authorities, nor any groups - have the right to violate the current law and bring the situation to absurdity or to a clash with the authorities. This is a violation of the law, and everyone who is guilty of these violations should be held accountable, ”he said.
Earlier, a spokesman for Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that in Moscow there were both legitimate agreed actions and attempts to organize unrest.
Rallies not coordinated with the authorities, organized by unregistered candidates for deputies of the Moscow City Duma, took place in the capital on July 14, July 27 and August 3.