Interfax: Increase in number of minors taking part in unauthorized rallies is problem – human rights council

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MOSCOW. Jan 31 (Interfax) – The number of minors taking part in unauthorized events has increased considerably, the Russian presidential human rights council said.

“One of the problems is a considerable number in the percentage of minors. At Sunday’s event, by 3:30 p.m., some 60% [of the participants] were minors,” Kirill Kabanov, a member of the human rights council, said at a press conference at Interfax headquarters.

This event “was probably the calmest” in terms of both protesters and law enforcement, he said.

“In general, we’ve identified a trend: if the police don’t react to provocations, all rallies become quiet,” Kabanov said.

The human rights council is actively working with law enforcement agencies, especially the Russian National Guard, which Kabanov says is actively cooperating.