The Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum strongly protests against the actions of the Russian authorities in dispersing peaceful demonstrations opposing the results of the elections to the Russian State Duma and against the arrest of demonstrators.

Freedom of assembly and freedom to express one’s opinion are basic values of a democratic state governed under the rule of law. The state has a responsibility to create conditions for people to be able to exercise their rights. Citizens protesting against the massive falsification of the election results have a right to assemble peacefully and to demand that their electoral rights be respected.