On the Entrepreneur’s Day, May 26, a nation-wide action “Small
Business Goes into Politics” organised with YABLOKO’s support
took place at Bolotnaya square, Moscow. About 200 entrepreneurs
from Voronezh, Tula, St.Petersburg, Tver, Tambov, Kursk, Tatarstan,
Bashkiria and Moscow participated in the action.
Entrepreneurs from Tver put a coffin in the centre of the
square symbolizing the situation with small business and the
“The present political regime representing oligarchs and
monopolies does not need small businesses in general. Representatives
of the small business demolished as a class should resist
this,” Sergei Mitrokhin, YABLOKO’s leader, said at a rally.
According to Mitrokhin, a political party may turn into a
key weapon here. “Monopolists and oligarchs do have such a
party – it is the United Russia party. Small business should
present its party – YABLOKO, a political force which is consistent
in protection of the small business,” Mitrokhin added.
Sergei Filatov, an entrepreneur from Tula, who was elected
deputy of the Tula City Duma from the YABLOKO party in March
2010 elections, proved Mitrokhin’s statement to be true. He
called the entrepreneurs community to join “healthy and constructive
forces” and also expressed his readiness to share his experience
with other regions. According to Filatov, his colleagues from
Kursk had already invited him to share his experience.
Tatyana Rtischeva from non-profit Legal Protection of Small
Business “The Unity” said that small business had been put
in such conditions that its going into politics became inevitable.
“Being antagonistic to the authorities we learned to defend
our rights and stand our interests,” she added.
The leader of the Kursk YABLOKO Alexei Fedulov called small
entrepreneurs to try “change the governments’ attitudes to
The participants of the rally also spoke about the problems
they had to face.
The rally adopted a resolution calling the authorities to
stop demolishing the small businesses and also unanimously
supported the proposal to call all the entrepreneurs to join
around YABLOKO “which is the only party protecting small business”.
photos at the Moscow YABLOKO web-site
of small-scale business