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Two marches were held in Moscow last Saturday. The pro-Kremlin action under the slogan “In Protection of Children” was held on the Novopushkinsky Square and the opposition “Social March” was held as well. The Muscovites were indifferent to both actions. According to different estimates, from 10,000 to 20,000 people were participating in the pro-Kremlin action. The media mentioned numerous cases, when people were forced to participate in this action.
The Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily affirmed that the march “In Protection of Children” has a purely social, but not political underpinning. It can be formulated briefly that each child should have the family. And even if he or she remained an orphan for some reasons, a new family should be found for a child in his homeland, but not somewhere overseas. This is why over 80 Orthodox Christian and parental organizations, which came out for the march, called not only for the support of the ban for US adoptions of Russian orphans that the State Duma approved, but also opposed all temporary international adoptions.
Last Saturday, “the defenders of children”, who came out against foreign adoptions of Russian children, were marching in Moscow from the Gogolevsky Boulevard to the Novopushkinsky Square, the Izvestia daily reported. Instead of an expected “family march”, which looked like just some away school meeting with the parents, the march in the literal sense of this word passed along the boulevards. The march passed to the accompaniment of the military orchestra with the musicians in uniform with bright bottoms, posters and all the attributes of a classical parade. The march was looking like the May Day demonstration of the Soviet times or another surrealistic film made by Tim Burton.
The flags of the trade unions and the movements mixed in the mob with the children’s drawings with the inscription “Increase the allowance to the widows”, icons, presidential portraits and the posters “Help to the children of Chernobyl”.
The march “In Protection of Children” on the Novopushkinsky Square, which, according to the idea of the organizers, was “to draw attention of people to the fates of Russian orphans,” ended in a scandal, the Novye Izvestia daily reported. The newspaper reported that the group of marchers filed a petition in the police that they were to get money for the participation in the rally and were defrauded. The sum of promised remuneration has made 600 roubles, and the organizer remained unknown.
A female petitioner, who is on the list of petitioners, told the newspaper that she saw an announcement about the rally at the website massovki.ru, where the announcements are made for the casting of extra players for different TV shows. In her words, the extras met at the metro station Arbatskaya, and their number totalled 54 people. The money was promised to pay at the McDonalds fast food restaurant. It turned out that no one was going to pay to them, she told the Novye Izvestia daily.
Then indignant people went to the police, filed explanatory pleas and a joint petition about the fraud. The organizers of the rally consistently denied the accusations for the recruitment of the paid crowd of extras.
According to coordinator of the RosAgit project Vadim Korovin, who is cited by the newspaper, 80% of participants in the pro-Kremlin action went from the budget-financed institutions “in the voluntary-compulsory way”. The demonstrators particularly urged to bring back to Russia Kirill Kuzmin, the brother of Maxim Kuzmin that died in the United States; suspend international adoptions of Russian children and facilitate the adoption procedure for Russian parents.
The participants in the action claimed that the higher educational establishments promised to credit failed exams to the university students for the participation in the march, the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reported. The Union of Moscow Rectors already inquires in this situation. Chairman of the Council of Rectors of the Moscow Higher Educational Establishments Nikolai Kudryavtsev intends to demand explanations on the issue from the leadership of several higher educational establishments. A large number of budget-financed employees were reported at the march as usual at the pro-governmental actions.