People in the city: What protesters at St. Isaac’s want
A peaceful protest camp has been set up on St. Isaac's Square for a week. Citizens gathered here, dissatisfied with the political situation in the country and the past presidential election. Among them there are those who spend their nights and nights near the Mariinsky Palace, others drop in after work, someone comes a week later from the start of the protest, out of interest. More than a hundred people rarely gather here on weekdays, up to a thousand on weekends. They do not enter into conflicts with the police. They communicate peacefully, arranging assemblies, discussions and lectures, singing with a guitar and drinking tea brought by volunteers. They are going to continue the action indefinitely. What exactly it should lead to, few people know, but everyone understands why he is here. Life around met 10 participants in a peaceful protest and asked what made them go to St. Isaac's.
YURI BOGOSLOVSKY54 YEARS, EMPLOYEE OF CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Spent in the area of 6 hours, comes after work
“I don’t want to live in a country with a constant feeling of stagnation. I’m quite a few years old, and I have already experienced one such period. The last time resembles what was here 20 years ago.”
NATALIA24 YEARS, LOGIST
Spent 5 hours on the square, comes after work
"I do not like the attitude of the authorities towards people. The elderly must survive, the police are worse than the bandits. I was an observer in the elections, but they removed me from the station. I can’t read the news anymore."
ANDREW19 YEARS, STUDENT OF CREATIVE SPECIALTY
Spent in the area of 50 hours, comes every day, sometimes stays overnight
"I went out because I consider the regime illegitimate. I sincerely fear a totalitarian state and would not want to live under a dictatorship. In addition, I am very worried about the future law on education, which will actually bring schools, kindergartens and universities to the market. I can’t show my face: threatened with expulsion from the university for civic engagement. "
ALEXANDERAND ANNA50 AND 30 YEARS, TEACHERIN UNIVERSITYAND EDITOR
Spent 1 hour on the square
"We are from Moscow, we go out to Chistye Prudy, we take part in rallies. People came here in solidarity with the people who set up the camp, and their ideas."
VYACHESLAV40 YEARS, OWNER OF SMALL BUSINESS
Spent on the area for more than 100 hours, every day since the start of the action. Last watch - 38 hours
“I understand that it’s unlikely that it will be possible to change the government. But I want its representatives to learn to comply with the laws of the Russian Federation. At a minimum, freedom of movement and assembly, the same article 31 should be recaptured. So that when Putin puts his hand on the Constitution it’s not just bravado "
DARIA22 YEARS, LINGUIST
Spent 1 hour on the square, about to come again
"My friends called me, each with their own reason to participate in a peaceful protest. Personally, I am sorry that there is a situation where everyone is suspected of something. You can't just go outside and speak out."
MIKHAIL NOVITSKY48 YEARS, MUSICIAN, ACTOR
Spent more than 10 hours on the square, comes every day
"I came here to have one more."
DIMA25 YEARS, VEGAN CLUB PROJECT COORDINATOR
Spent 1 hour on the square, first came
"I wonder what kind of people they got here and how they organize themselves. It is unlikely that such an action will change anything. There are very few people, they are swinging for too long, they don’t have a strategy. Some who came are very doubtful and highly politicized people."
NASTYA19 YEARS, STUDENT
Spent over an area of more than 70 hours, comes every day
"The government needs to be changed, otherwise people become slaves. Now no political struggle is possible, because the current government has its own people everywhere."
NIKOLAI23 YEARS, Copywriter
Spent 2 hours on the square, came for the first time
"At least I analyze what is happening in the country and in the city. This can not leave anyone indifferent."
Watch the video: Crowds gather near iconic St. Isaacs Cathedral to protest its transition to Russian Orthodox Church (February 2020).
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