Washington: US on Tuesday expressed concern
over the detention of dozens of protesters by Moscow who took
out rallies throughout Russia supporting Article 31 of Russian
Constitution that guarantees to citizens the right of
"The United States reiterates the importance of
embracing and protecting universal values, including freedoms
of expression and assembly, enshrined in the Russian
Constitution as well as in international agreements which
Russia has signed," the National Security Council spokesman,
Mike Hammer, said in a statement.
"Freedom of assembly and freedom of expression are
also characteristics of a modern political system that
supports economic modernisation. The infringement of Russian
citizens` rights to exercise these freedoms runs counter to
our shared commitments to international norms and common
interests in fostering modernisation," he said.
"The United States remains committed to supporting
those in Russia and around the world who are working to
protect and advance the human rights and democratic values of
their fellow citizens," Hammer said.
Opposition and rights groups organised demonstrations
on July 31 to support Article 31 of the Russian constitution
that guarantees the right to public demonstrations.