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In the state Duma called on the US to ensure the safety of Russian journalists

The state Duma Deputy Mikhail Sheremet called on the us authorities to ensure the safety of Russian journalists covering events in the US, otherwise it will be regarded as a violation of democracy and the manifestation of sanctioned violence.

Earlier it was reported that the Minneapolis police deliberately fired tear spray against journalists - the crew of the TV channel VICE and RIA Novosti, Mikhail Turgiev after the dispersal of the protest action. MIA "Russia today" demanded from the authorities of the United States investigate the actions of the police.

"The United States, their words are adherents of democracy, but in practice we see the opposite. The U.S. must ensure the security of Russian journalists and their right to coverage of the situation in the country. Otherwise it will be regarded as a violation of democracy and the manifestation of sanctioned violence," said RIA Novosti Sheremet.

The MP expressed hope that the incident with tear spray to reporters that would not happen again.

The Russian foreign Ministry described the incident as a manifestation of Tuleevym unnecessary cruelty, and the Governor of Minnesota Tim now apologized to journalists who had been detained or attacked the police in the night on Sunday. Embassy of the Russian Federation, in turn, sent a note to the state Department.

The OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir called for the US authorities to provide safe work of journalists covering the protests. The official representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dujarric, commenting on the incident, said that "all these cases should be investigated". In addition, the American non-governmental organization "Foundation for freedom of the press" (Freedom of the Press Foundation) included the incident with RIA Novosti journalist during protests in Minneapolis in its database and will report further details about the case.

Riots erupted in Minneapolis and several other cities in the United States after the death of the African-American George Floyd at the hands of the police. In the Internet appeared the video, which show that the police put the handcuffs Floyd, knocked him down and piled on top of him, the three of us, and one of them stepped on his knee on the neck. Floyd on video several times says that he can not breathe, then fades. He died in intensive care. After the riots, fired four police officers and one of them was accused of murder by negligence.