Below is the whole sentence that makes me confused.
One respectably dressed middle-aged man carrying groceries asked Biletsky why he hadn’t deployed his regiment to deal with the crooks in parliament. Biletsky sidestepped the question, reminding the crowd instead of the importance of voting.
What does "reminding the crowd instead of the importance of voting" mean?
Does it mean Biletsky reminded the crowd of something else other than the importance of voting?