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MOSCOW, September 14 (Itar-Tass) — Another March of Millions will be held in Moscow on Saturday. The organizers are boasting of a new resolution. Along with political demands the resolution contains social demands. The protest action provoked a split among A Just Russia Party, the Communist Party and the Yabloko Party.
The Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily recalled that the Moscow authorities officially authorized a march from the Pushkinskaya metro station on the Garden Ring Road that will end with a rally in Sakharov Avenue. The protest action is scheduled from 14:00 to 22:00 Moscow time.
After the Saturday protest action another resolution, which also turned into a tradition, will be adopted. On Thursday, the text of the resolution was posted by RPR-PARNAS co-chairman Boris Nemtsov in his LiveJournal blog, who explained that he was preparing it with leader of the Left Front Sergei Udaltsov, “Therefore, the observers noticed many leftist statements in the resolution.”
The document contains traditional political demands, which were ignored by the authorities until recently, particularly the release of the prisoners of conscience, including the prisoners in the Bolotnaya criminal case, a serious political reform, which will restrict the presidential powers and will outline a transparent procedure of elections, early parliamentary and presidential elections. Ahead of the autumn price growth the resolution included socio-economic demands probably for the first time. These demands envisage frozen tariffs on the public utility services from a public audit, the stop to the collapse of the pension system, higher expenditures on health care and education at the expense of the cuts of public servants and repressive staff, as well as the reinstatement of the rights for strikes and independent trade unions.
Meanwhile, three parties, namely the Communist Party, A Just Russia Party and the Yabloko Party differed in their assessments of the protest action. The Communists seemed to support the action, but not all its members and in their own way. Head of the Communist faction in the Moscow City Duma Andrei Klychkov wrote in a Twitter blog that the Moscow Communist deputies decided to participate in the protest action on September 15. Head of the Moscow city committee of the Communist Party Valery Rashkin appealed to all people to come for a purely communist action due on September 22. Deputy chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party Vladimir Kashin stated emphatically the top functionaries of the Communist Party will not participate in the March of Millions. “Neither the leader of our party nor me nor other top party functionaries will participate in the March of Millions on September 15, because we put forward absolutely different demands contrary to the demands of representatives of the radical democratic opposition, who are participating in this protest action. We do not have and do not want to have anything in common with the initiators of this march,” the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily quoted Kashin as saying.
Yabloko leader Sergei Mitrokhin explained to the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily that, on the one hand, his party supports the organizers of the protest action, but on the other hand, will not participate officially in the March of Millions, “We were ousted from the work in the organizing committee of the protest action.” Mitrokhin noted some Yabloko activists will come for the protest action, but only individually. A Just Russia press secretary Alexander Korshunov failed to explain a clear-cut position on this issue, stating that everything will depend from the personal decision of their leader Sergei Mironov, who did not make it public yet.
The Marches of Millions will be held in all Russian regions from St. Petersburg to Novosibirsk.
The Izvestia daily reported that the activists of the Eurasian Youth Union will participate in the March of Billions on September 15 that is directly set against the March of Millions. The Eurasian Youth Union pledged that the participants are planning to stop the march of the opposition with the crosses, knives and silver bullets. “The Satan is coming, it is inevitable. Each person should make his or her choice, the outcome of the battle is not predetermined. Each person, who sympathizes with the liberals, Pussy Riot and the West serves the Satan. This is the army of hell. We, free people of all nations of the world, will throw them down to where they came from. On September 15, the limbs of the devil will go into our streets. Members of the union will come out with the crosses, knives and silver bullets to stop the hell,” the organizers announced their protest action in such a strange style.
Members of the Eurasian Youth Union call their action the struggle “against diabolic attacks on Russian civilization.” The supporters of the idea of integration with Central Asian countries believe that they “face the challenge of the Satan.”
The founder of the Eurasian Youth Union and participant in the pro-Kremlin actions Alexander Dugin commented to the Izvestia daily on the need for the struggle against opposition at the march, “If representatives of America and Europe are behind the organizers of the anti-Putin actions, billions of other civilizations are behind the Eurasian integration supporters. These civilizations have been suffering from the US imperialism for a long time in their own countries and disagree fully with the establishment of the pro-US order in Russia,” the philosopher and political expert believes. “Therefore, the March of Millions is a march of the West and the March of Billions is a march of the whole humanity against the US hegemony,” he pointed out.
Dugin shouldered responsibility for the protest actions to be peaceful on the opposition.
Meanwhile, the oppositionists do not see any special threat in the Eurasian Youth Union and are not going to change their plans for Saturday.
“We do not react in any way. I believe that the law enforcement agencies should deal with it,” A Just Russia deputy Dmitry Gudkov said. “We will go out with a peaceful protest and I believe that we should not react to any provocations, as the police should do it,” he underlined.