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KRASNODAR, February 11 (Itar-Tass) — A city rally in support of the political course of presidential candidate Vladimir Putin was held on Saturday in Krasnodar. Despite the frosty weather (minus 17 degrees Celsius), 7,500 people attended the rally.
“The rally was initiated by the headquarters of the Public Support for Vladimir Putin and the Krasnodar Territorial Council of Trade Unions with a membership of nearly 770,000 people,” Itar-Tass learnt from chairman of territorial committee of unions Olimpiada Chumakova.
Opening the rally, the union leader noted that the Krasnodar Territory had never developed in its history so efficiently as over the past decade. “The territorial budget alone has increased from 12 billion roubles in 2000 to 150 billion roubles now,” she emphasized.
The political course, mapped out by Putin, was backed by chairman of the city organization of veterans of war and labour Ivan Rybalko, lecturer of Technological University Yulia Kamilko, worker from the engineering plant Igor Tonev, ataman of the district Cossack society Yevgeny Poluchin, world boxing champion Dmitry Pirog and others.
Representatives from non-government and youth organizations, personnel from factories voiced support for economic stability in the country, for strong Russia and its strong president. The rally adopted a resolution in support of presidential candidate Putin.
Rallies in support of Putin were also held on Saturday in other cities of the Krasnodar Territory: Sochi, Armavir, Yeisk, Krymsk, Tikhoretsk, Kropotkin and Slavyansk-on-Kuban.
Incidentally, rallies in support of the present authorities and their course are held on Saturday in more than 20 regions of the Russian Federation. The events were sponsored by regional amalgamations of unions, organizations of veterans and sponsoring groups of citizens.
For instance such events were initiated in the Far Eastern Federal District. Some 7,000 people came to the streets in Yakutsk, Magadan and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Rallies were organized by veteran unions as well as federations of trade unions.