As the author of the initiative clarifies, the project “aims to eliminate possible errors, formalism and abuses in law enforcement practice that entail violations of the constitutional rights of citizens, in particular the right to freedom of assembly”.

“It is proposed to consider as a criminal offense a violation of the established procedure for organizing or holding a meeting, rally, demonstration, procession or picket if this act was committed repeatedly ... and entailed causing or real threat of harm to the health of citizens, property of individuals or legal entities, the environment, public order, public safety, ”the explanatory note says.

Also, the article of the Criminal Code on repeated violations at rallies proposes to reduce fines by setting them from 100 thousand to 500 thousand rubles (currently from 600 thousand to 1 million rubles).

The initiative also provides for the reduction of the maximum term of imprisonment from five to three years.

The deputy himself in a comment by RIA Novosti noted that, "in fact, we are talking about decriminalization."

“In the sense that if (participation. - RT ) a person in a street rally did not result in violence, then he cannot be put in jail ... It is clear that if a person just went outside and walked peacefully, make him a criminal and put him in prison - this is absurd, ”the author of the initiative explained.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized that young people have the right to protest under the law.

As the head of state pointed out, sometimes this leads to a positive result.