On July 11, 2011, a mass protest rally in protection of human
rights and demanding dismissal of the Eugeny Ulasevich, deputy
head of the city administration, was held in Sterlitamak,
Bashkiria, despite the ban of the local authorities. One of
the organizers of the rally was Damir Garifullin, leader of
the Sterlitamak branch of YABLOKO. The rally brought together
about seven hundred people.
The city authorities tried to move the rally from the walls
of the administration building, however, the indignant citizens
stayed at by the administration. The police tried to detain
Damir Garifullin, however the participants of the rally interfered
and did not allow the police to detain him.
The participants of the rally spoke about the problems in
the city, high cost of utilities and arbitrary rule of the
management companies from the housing and utilities sector.
The protesters chanted: "Ulasevich to resign!" According
to leader of the Sterlitamak YABLOKO, "Ulasevich discredited
himself when he worked in the management company of the city."
"At present the arbitrariness in the housing and utilities
sector has been going on a governmental level", Garifullin
The protesters have been waiting for fifteen minutes until
someone from the administration could come to them for negotiations,
after this they decided to go to the administration office
and talk with the heads. The police made a cordon and not
let the protesters into the building. In protest, people turned
their backs to the administration.
It was decided at the rally to continue protests on August
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