“Open Russia” has summed up the results of the campaign against a new term for Putin

“Open Russia” has summed up the results of the campaign against a new term for Putin


In Moscow the action of the movement Mikhail Khodorkovsky “Open Russia” (PR) against the new presidential term of Vladimir Putin joined from 1,5 thousand to 3 thousand people, said its coordinator, Maria Baronova. But, according to estimates of the correspondent, in turn to the President’s reception on Ilyinka not defended more than 500 people, with several hundred participants walked from the monument to Cyril and Methodius in Lubyanskiy passage. GU MVD in Moscow counted 250 participants.

The conference lasted about a half hour after everyone gave the letters to the office of the President, the activists went to Red square.

“The purpose of the action was not the size, the main thing — to declare in the agenda demand the departure of Putin,” — said the press-Secretary of Khodorkovsky Kyle Piispanen. Baronova said that the results of the event “not disappointed, but very happy.” According to the Chairman of the PR Alexander Solovyov in Moscow “was possible, that’s for sure”.

The movement’s founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky actively commented on the action in his Twitter.

Media members of the opposition, particularly Alexei Navalny, the shares of “Open Russia” showed up and urged his supporters to join it.

The rally under the slogan “Tired” was announced at the Congress “Open Russia” in mid-April. Then the organizers invited the activists to write Putin letters with demands and criticism of the authorities and refer them to the office of the President April 29. The municipality has not agreed to the protest in Central Moscow and invited the activists to gather on Sakharov Avenue. Prosecutor’s office warned the protesters about its “negative consequences”. A few days before the event in the office of the PR were searched, and the British division of the movement was recognized as undesirable organizations in Russia.

The actions planned in 30 cities in Russia, according to Baronova, the most arrests were in St. Petersburg. In second place for number of detentions, according to the “Open Russia”, Tula, where he was detained 21 people, the third — Kemerovo with 15 detainees (the organizers said that by 16:30 all the detainees were released due to improperly formatted protocols). In Gorno-Altaysk, Izhevsk, Kazan, Yekaterinburg and Perm were arrested one activist, in Kaliningrad — two in the eagle — five. In Moscow, Tver, Chelyabinsk and Ufa detainees was not. In Tyumen the action did not take place because its organizers were arrested before the event.

The participants in Ekaterinburg

Photo: Alexander Mamaev / TASS

Analysts called the rally “a failure” because of the number of participants and lack of bright the agenda, speakers, and mass arrests. “The Navalny campaign was very specific: that the prosecution here is our demand an answer, here is the complete ignoring us. The event of Khodorkovsky in this sense, was much more abstract, — noted in conversation with the political scientist Abbas Gallyamov. — Abstraction is good for a narrow stratum of thinking of the intelligentsia, but not to mobilize the masses.”

Agree with him the President of Fund “Petersburg politics” Mikhail Vinogradov who believes that Khodorkovsky “feels energy and invents too rational slogans.” “They would rather go over the agenda of government, rather than creating their own agenda. To stand in line to give petitions the President to resign is quite a loyalty to the event”, — said Vinogradov.

Alexei Navalny is the strongest at the moment player on the Russian opposition scene, said Vinogradov, and other protest leaders, including Khodorkovsky and co-chair of PARNAS Mikhail Kasyanov, against the background of its agenda “are “involuntary fight for the role of loser.” “This is despite the fact that Khodorkovsky help — etched’OR, show them movies (28 April, REN-TV aired a film”the investigation” on OR “Liberals — black cash”. — ). Even this circumstance [the opposition] could not take advantage,” said the analyst.

However, Khodorkovsky may in the future be the head of the Russian opposition, suggests Gallyamov. “He is now much more convenient for the authorities to opponents than the Bulk, he is weaker. Therefore, the Kremlin advantageously possible to provide the PR the main enemy of the regime, while ignoring the Bulk. If you consistently implement spoylerskie technology, there is a chance that this will lead to the fact that Navalny will cease to own oppositional agenda, and will relinquish the role of leader of the opposition Khodorkovsky,” he said.

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