Kazan Heads For a Political-Driven Saturday
Dmitry Berdnikov, head of the Kazan public group “Against crime and illegality” had submitted the official papers which requests to hold a public rally in the Liberty square, the Millenium square and the square in front of the Kazan Mayor’s office one week before the Russian State Duma vote. Berdnikov, a local entrepreneur who is also known as a political eccentric for running in all known presidential and mayoral elections for the last decade seems to have created a loophole for holding a protest meeting against the results of the Russian State Duma vote.
He confirmed that he would allow all the interested parties to share the tribune for expressing their discontent with the results of the vote count. In his words, his public group has a “tradition of booking” the squares in the Tatarstan’s capital for possible public rallies “just in case”. In Berdnikov’s opinion, his current “mandate” allows him to organize public events in the city starting today until the 20th December.
Irek Arslanov, head of the Kazan city government’s department in charge for public organizations told “Vechernyaya Kazan” daily on the 8th December that Berdnikov’s requests “did not comply with the federal laws.” He emphasized that Berdikov had already submitted more than 1500 requests of this kind, but none of the announced gatherings actually took place.
The Tatarstan branch of the United Russia party is also planning to organise a meeting in Liberty square on the 10th December to celebrate the forthcoming Russian Constitution Day, which is officially marked on the 12th December.
Vasyl Shaykhraziev, the mayor of Tatarstan’s second largest city Naberazhnye Chelny tweeted to his followers on the 8th December saying that he did not believe that “there were any forces in Chelny, who were interested in rocking our boat. We have our own problems to deal with…” He emphasized that he was ready to take any questions from his followers on Twitter.