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Medvedev rejects claims of Russia authoritarianism

Medvedev rejects claims of Russia authoritarianism

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has hotly rejected criticism of his country as authoritarian, calling it a young democracy at the very beginning of its development.
But he also indicated that authorities won't ease up on opposition movements whose attempts to rally are often broken up harshly by police.
At an international policy forum on Friday in the city of Yaroslavl, Medvedev said "I categorically do not agree with those who claim that there is no democracy in Russia, that it is ruled by authoritarian tradition."
However, he added that "Freedom of speech, of assembly and meetings, is being realized in practice in precisely established legal limits."
Russian authorities routinely deny opposition groups' applications to hold rallies.


Updated : 2021-05-17 19:27 GMT+08:00