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Siberian march in defence of the Constitution also banned

12.08.14

The Novosibirsk authorities have now banned a proposed march on Aug 17 in defence of the constitutional order.  The ‘explanation’ given is that the march would be on an a general road with this requiring special safety procedure.  The mayor’s office also asserts that Russia’s Prosecutor General has given an unequivocal assessment of the planned march as being aimed at undermining the constitutional order.  A spokesperson confirmed to the website Sibnet.ru that the event had been banned “for safety considerations”.

As reported, a march in support of Siberia’s federalization was originally scheduled for Aug 17 in Novosibirsk.  The action, under the slogan “We’ve had enough of feeding Moscow!” was aimed at achieving greater autonomy by creating a Siberian republic within the Russian Federation. Autonomy from Russia was seen as enabling the people of Siberia to introduce benefits and wage supplements for people living in harsh climactic conditions and generally achieve a fairer divide between local and federal budgets. 

Moscow which has consistently defended the ‘right’ of Kremlin-backed militants, many of them Russian nationals, to seize government buildings in Ukraine and take huge numbers of hostages reacted very differently within Russia’s own borders. 

The planned peaceful march was banned, and the Russian prosecutor worked together with Roskomnadzor, the media supervision body, to threaten all media, in Russia and even in Ukraine, that they would be blocked if they did not remove material about the planned event.

The organizers then announced another march for the same day in defence of the constitutional order, and specifically the principle of federalism enshrined in Articles 1 and 5 of the Constitution.  They also made a complaint with the Prosecutor’s office in connection with the actions of the Novosibirsk authorities under Article 149 of the Russian Criminal Code (obstructing a meeting, rally or procession). 

This meeting has now also been banned.

 

[Halya Coynash]

see also:
Kuban ‘federalization’ activist to receive asylum in Ukraine
Federalization as a ’Terrorist’ Act
Russian police come down heavy on Siberian federalization supporters
Russian censor will not be allowed to block Glavkom
Russia to block Glavkom over Siberian federalism coverage
BBC says no to Russian censor over Siberian autonomy activist
Russian censor’s attempts to silence home-grown federalists backfire
Yalta man could face year imprisonment for flying a Ukrainian flag
Kaliningrad FSB finds ‘deep offence’ in a German flag
Russia, the improbable human rights crusader
Putin’s selective terrorism
Pro-Russian thugs beat up Ukrainian unity demonstrators – except on Russian TV
Armed men cut off Ukrainian channels in Donbas

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