Interior Minister Kolokoltsev has canceled a speech in the state Duma

Interior Minister Kolokoltsev has canceled a speech in the state Duma


Vladimir Kolokoltsev

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Amid mass arrests at rallies in Moscow on Sunday, the Minister of internal Affairs of Russia Vladimir Kolokoltsev has canceled a speech in the Duma, scheduled for 5 April. About it RBC was told by two people close to the leadership of the faction “United Russia”. A source in the Ministry explained the situation to the “tight schedule” of the Minister

On 5 April the Duma was scheduled speech of the head of the interior Ministry in the framework of “government hour”. As follows from the materials of the last meeting of the Council of the lower house on March 23, the leadership of the Duma has approved and sent to the Ministry Kolokoltsev written questions from all four factions. In anticipation of his speech before Parliament, the head of the Russian police was going to talk with United Russia at the meeting, one of the intra-faction groups, said one close to the leadership of “United Russia” of the interlocutors of RBC. “But just recently we learned that in the Duma it will not be”, — he said. The reasons for the postponement, the source does not name.

Deputy Chairman of the Duma security Committee Anatoly Vyborny (fraction “United Russia”) RBC confirmed the information about the cancellation of the meeting. In his opinion, this may be due to the fact that the Minister deputies was “a lot of questions to answer that very carefully need to prepare.” For example, recently the Prosecutor General’s office analyzed the statistics of last year’s offences and found that of the 1.5 million offences 879 thousand due to the “unreliability reflected in the primary accounting documents of the internal Affairs bodies”. About the inaccurate statistics of the deputies was going to ask the Minister, stressed the Election.

The transfer of the speech related to “a busy schedule of Minister,” says the interlocutor of RBC, close to the leadership of the interior Ministry. The questions of the deputies could not affect the date of the visit Kolokoltseva in the lower house, as the deputies ‘ questions sooner or later would have to respond, said the source.

At the same time with information about the failure appeared a statement of the LDPR faction with a request to police to release all those detained during Sunday’s protests of young people. The statement said the liberal Democrats, “a humanistic approach would be the most correct in this situation”.

The cancellation of the visit Kolokoltsev is directly related to recent events — from rallies and investigation of Alexei Navalny of corruption, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the Deputy of the faction “Fair Russia” Oleg Shein. “It is obvious that the agenda has changed, and questions about this from the parliamentary opposition would inevitably sounded” — he said, stressing that the Minister, the expected “no answers to uncomfortable questions”.

In accordance with the regulations of the Duma government hour is held twice a month. The nomination of the Ministers, which the MPs want to hear, in coordination with the representative of the government in the state Duma approved in advance by the Council of the lower chamber. Transfer performances possible and also approved by the Board: in February the state Duma “unplanned” decided to hear defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the eve of defender of the Fatherland Day, because it was postponed previously scheduled speech of the Minister of agriculture.

March 26 in dozens of cities of Russia held rallies against corruption. The events were organized with the assistance of the Fund of struggle against corruption (FBK) Alexei Navalny. In early March, the FCO has released an investigation of real estate related funds close to the Prime Minister. In most cities the actions took place without the consent of the authorities. In the capital the event was not sanctioned, however, according to various estimates, took part from 8 thousand to 20 thousand people. Police detained more than a thousand demonstrators. This is a record for Moscow, the number of people arrested at one protest event since 1993.

63 persons are under arrest as of Thursday, March 30, according to the summary table of the headquarters of aid to detainees from the “Urban projects” and “Open Russia” (available RBC).