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March in Support of St.Petersburg gathered about 3,000 participants

Press Release. St.Petersburg YABLOKO Press Service.
October 11, 2010

The fourth March in Support of St.Petersburg took place in St.Petersburg on October 9. According to the organizers, about 3,000 people came to this action which was conducted in a form of rally-concert.

The action was initiated by Zhivoi Gorog (Living City) movement, Civil Initiatives Movement, St.Petersburg YABLOKO and members of St.Petersburg branch of the Society for Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage (VOOPIiK). Other participants of the action were St.Petersburg Youth YABLOKO, the Federation of Social Youth, United Peoples Front, the Women Voters League, environmental human rights centre Bellona, EKOM, the Okhta Curve, Let Us Preserve Yuntolovo, For the Protection of the Vassiliyevsky Island, Bashne.Net, Solidarity, Defence, Russian Peoples Democratic Union, St.Petersburg Human Rights Council, Association of Small and Medium Businesses, different initiative groups and many other.


The key topic was the protest against building of the Okhta Centre which will spoil the historical environment of the city. The participants also called to preserve the historical centre of St.Petersburg and protect parks and gardens in the city. Many participants spoke about the need to return elections of St.Petersburg Governor and called the present Governor Valentina Matviyenko to resign.

St.Petersburg YABLOKO leaders Mikhail Amosov, Boris Vishnevsky, Natalia Evdokimova and Nikolai Rybakov, heads of regional branches of the Peoples Front and Russian Peoples Democratic Union Olga Kurnosova and Andrei Pivovarov, MP and head of the regional branch of The Just Russia Oksana Dmitiyeva, deputies of the Legislative Assembly Sergei Malkov and Alexei Kovalyov made speeches at the rally. Their demands were supported by musians Yuri Shevchuk and Mikhail Novitsky, actor Igor Sklyar and director Yuri Mamin. Ludmila Elyashova, a survivor of Lenigrads blockade during the Second World War spoke at the rally.

Many participants of the rally prepared special information stands. YABLOKOs activists brought a city map with markings in place of ruined historical buildings. Activists of the Youth YABLOKO made an Okhta Tour out of air balloons. At the end of the action they let the tour go and it left St.Petersburg.

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Press Release
October 11, 2010