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ST. PETERSBURG, June 3. /TASS/. A group of activists is planning to file an application with St. Petersburg authorities on holding a referendum against naming one of the city’s 342 bridges after first Chechen president Akhmat Kadyrov, a local lawmaker said on Friday.
"An initiative group will meet on Tuesday and on Wednesday, June 8, we are going to file a referendum application with the city’s election commission," Boris Vishnevsky told TASS.
On Monday, the St. Petersburg toponymical commission voted for proposals to name a new nameless bridge in the city’s southwest after Akhmad Kadyrov, the father of the current Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.
The final decision on naming the bridge is to be made by the city’s administration.
Opponents of the ‘Kadyrov’ bridge launched an online petition at change.org, which was signed by some 70,000 people.
A rally against naming the bridge after Kadyrov will take place on June 6 at the Mars Field (Marsovo Pole) in the center of the city.
Akhmat Kadyrov became president of the Chechen Republic in October 2003. On May 9, 2004, he was killed in a bomb blast at a stadium in Chechnya’s capital Grozny during a World War Two memorial victory parade.