Date: 5 days ago   Category: Politics

Comment: Society and the power in Russia - follows a concession reaction

Separate cases of concessions from the authorities of the Russian Federation do not mean that they want to change something in the country. Each concession is followed by kickback back. But it is not an occasion to lower hands, Alexander Plyushchev considers.

Euphoria from news of release from under arrest of the journalist of "Jellyfish" Ivan Golunov held on absolutely not for long, having been replaced at first by bewilderment, and then and chagrin. At first - from the fact that this release, apparently, had conditions. And already next day it became clear that, having released one specific journalist, the system is not going to change somehow not a jot. That does not do senseless attempt to force it to change.

What has to be the real Russia Day
In my ideal world the correct reaction of the authorities of the Russian Federation after Golunov's release there was Vladimir Putin's statement (well or at least Dmitry Peskov) approximately such contents: "On behalf of the authorities I want to apologize to Ivan Golunov who was unfairly detained and accused of serious crime. Also Golunova as thanks to him we opened corruption abscess in the Ministry of Internal Affairs would like to thank and we continue to work on it now.

Tomorrow a holiday - the Russia Day, and I know that many celebrate it on streets of Moscow and other cities of Russia. Some will go to taste honey at a jam festival, others - to look historical reconstruction, the third - at a concert at Red Square. And someone just will come for walk to be glad to Ivan's release. Let's celebrate everyone in own way, but all together as we are one people, one nation".

I the atmosphere of the real holiday would turn out, and protest moods would look much less appropriate, and so much police should not be driven. In reality, very far from my dream, left differently: at first attempts to pit journalists among themselves, the strange statement of the management of "Jellyfish" and Dmitry Muratov which urged not to go on a march and looking as a part of the transaction on release of the journalist; coordination (contrary to the law!) actions spoilers; and, at last, rigid mass detentions on absolutely harmless procession.

the Position of the authorities of Russia did not change

Slightly having caved in under pressure of a small, but active part of society, the authorities accurately let know that no basic changes in the relations with society will follow. The Interior Minister Kolokoltsev, declaring Golunov's release, applied a strange, nonexistent formulation in the Code of Criminal Procedure - "in connection with absence of proof of participation in crime commission". Perhaps, it was the reservation, but sign: the state really undersigned not for the crime committed concerning the journalist, and only for its negligent registration which prevented to finish begun and to avoid scandal.

I here everything proceeds: yesterday some police officers threw up drugs to Ivan Golunov, and today others will fabricate protocols on detention including his colleagues. I once visited the status of the detainee and saw how under carbon paper mold these papers. And then with



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