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2012.06.20 11:51

Russian official defends protest law during the visit in Lithuania

Algirdas Acus, LTV naujienų tarnyba 2012.06.20 11:51

A high Russian official made a statement about a new law that regulates protests during NATO parliamentary assembly in Lithuania.

Parliamentarians of NATO countries and allies discussed about democratisation in East Europe on June 18-19. Many participants expressed concerns about decline of democracy in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. However, representative of Russia's delegation claimed that Russia is on appropriate path and defended a new protests law.

'The law of fines was just passed. So we need to see how it works. No one has yet paid any fine, but the noise is already caused. Yes, people must have a freedom of assembly and expression. But it cannot interrupt lives of other people,' claimed Chairman of Russian Federation Council's Defence Committee Viktor Ozerov.

Video material that was submitted to European Broadcasting Union:


Shotlist:

1. Various shots of parliamentary assembly in Lithuanian parliament

2. Soundbite (Russian), Chairman of Russian Federation Council's Defense Committee, Viktor Ozerov, saying: The law of fines was just passed. So we need to see how it works. No one has yet paid any fine, but the noise is already caused. Yes, people must have a freedom of assembly and expression. But it cannot interrupt lives of other people.

3. More of assembly