France urged Russia to release the detainees during the demonstrations in the country

© RIA Novosti / Irina to Kalashnikova in potbanging in Paris. Archival photoFrance urged Russia to release the detainees during the demonstrations in the country© RIA Novosti / Irina to Kalashnikova the image Bank

France urges Russia to immediately release detained during the authorized and unauthorized actions on June 12 in Moscow and other cities of the Russian Federation, said at the briefing Deputy spokesman of the French foreign Ministry Alexander Giorgini.

«As previously stated in the EU, we expect the Russian authorities that they will respect commitments taken voluntarily, in particular in the framework of the Council of Europe and OSCE on freedom of expression, freedom of Assembly and freedom of demonstration. We call for the immediate release of the detained participants of the protests,» — said the diplomat.

In Moscow on Monday held a protest rally on Prospekt Akademika Sakharova. According to the latest data of the interior Ministry of the capital, and was attended by about 1,800 people, although the organizers applied for 15 thousand. The application to hold a rally on Sakharov Avenue, submitted by Director of Fund of struggle against corruption (FBK) Roman Rubanov, was agreed by the Belarusian authorities.

The opposition leader Alexei Navalny urged people to change their place of coordinated action on Tverskaya street, where the festival took place, a political meeting was not agreed. The mayor’s office said these appeals provocation, and the Prosecutor’s office reminded of the responsibility for such actions. The Metropolitan police has said it will stop any provocative actions of the protesters, if they decide to go with an agreed venue on Sakharov Avenue on Tverskaya street, where he was to undergo festivities in Day of Russia. However, according to the interior Ministry, inconsistent public action on Tverskaya street was attended by about 4.5 thousand people have been detained more than 150 participants.

As stated by the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, agreed actions and rallies on June 12 Russian cities were organized and peaceful but not without provocation, under which law enforcement officials did what was required by the law, to enforce law and order. He added that the action of the group of provocateurs during an unsanctioned rally in Moscow on June 12 carried a risk for citizens.