ST PETERSBURG, February 18 (Itar-Tass) — A total of 60,000 participants in a rally in St Petersburg have adopted a resolution against attempts to destabilise the situation during the presidential campaign.
The rally, which gathered thousands of St Petersburg residents, ended without any incident, the press service of the St Petersburg and Leningrad Region Interior Department told Itar-Tass on Saturday.
At the end of the rally its participants adopted a resolution that was read out by chairman of the St Petersburg Public Council Nikolai Burov. The resolution says, “Everyone has its convictions, its proposals and its demands. But one wish unites us: we want to be sure for the morrow. We are one country and we have a common future. What it will be depends only on us.”
The participants in the rally condemned any attempts “to call into question legitimacy of citizens’ expression of will and any calls for destabilising the situation by organising illegal actions”. They came in favour of the evolutionary development of Russia and a civilised dialogue with the authorities. They called on St Petersburg residents to take part in the March 4 presidential elections and “defend the right to the stable future”.
The rally was organised by the Federation of Trade Unions of St Petersburg and the Leningrad region. Among those who spoke at the rally were a member of the All Russian People’s Front, Sergei Bagnenko, speaker of the Legislative Assembly Vyacheslav Makarov, leader of the Federation of Trade Union Vladimir Derbin, former State Duma deputy Natalya Karpovich and a member of the LDPR Yelena Babich.
The rally was also attended by senator Vadim Tyulpanov, actress Anastasiya Melnikova and other famous St Petersburg residents.