Today not Guards regiments and Cossacks, but policemen kill people, in particular, not allowing to hold meetings, beating and arresting protesters. It’s a crime. And this crime is forbidden under the threat of punishment by article 149 of the Criminal Code of Russia. Read attentively this article. “Illegal obstruction of the holding of a meeting, assembly, demonstration, procession, or picketing, or of participation in them, or compulsion to take part in them, if these acts have been committed by an official through his official position, or through the use of violence, or through the threat of its use,
shall be punishable by… deprivation of liberty for a term of up to three years...” Note, in this article of the Criminal Code there are no conditions of "legality" of peaceful assembly.