Perm oppositionists were not given a platform for the action because of events that were not
Lubimov Square in Perm, October 7. Photo: Diana Korsakova / "Star"
The Perm administration refused to provide civil society activists with a platform for an opposition rally for President Vladimir Putin’s birthday, explaining that all sites in the city on October 7 will be occupied from seven in the morning to ten in the evening. Journalists from two local publications checked 33 sites: in most of these places there was no one.
Perm officials provided the opposition with a document from which it followed that pickets would be held at 33 sites, the theme of the events was “Expression of public opinion on various social, political and socio-economic issues, including on environmental safety and environmental protection”.
Journalists of the Zvezda and 59.ru publications visited each site and found out that young people handed out leaflets about ecology at the Palace of Culture named after Soldatov, and held events dedicated to the Day of Elderly People in two places. The rest of the site was empty (full photo reports here and here).
According to the OGrA activist Mikhail Kasimov, this is a planned fraud of the city administration. The goal is not to allow the opposition to hold street actions.
“Such a notice, which was presented in court, cannot be prepared by an official,” Kasimov said. - The exact names of the sites with the addresses and the wording used are known only to officials working at the reception of notifications. I think some of the organizers' signatures are falsified. But the surnames are known to us - these are members of the “Young Guard of United Russia”. We checked them on accounts in "VKontakte". A third of those represented are members of the Young Guard. ”
We sent a request to the administration of Perm, in which we ask you to explain why nothing happened at the declared sites at the stated time.
We went around all sites in the interval between 10 and 16 hours.As a result, only at two sites from a large list of places we saw events dedicated to the Day of the Elderly. The remaining potential sites were completely empty. Even passersby rarely appeared. To the monument to Lenin, DK Soldatov, DK Chekhov and the tank on Siberia only pigeons came to hold a mass event. They surrounded passers-by and asked for something.