It was revealed on Monday that 84 Municipal Representatives (Councillors) Signed a document from all over the country Ask the Duma to charge Putin with treason for launching a military campaign in Ukraine. The request was made by the Smolinsky District Council in the president’s hometown of St. Petersburg.
“More and more representatives have joined the call for Vladimir Putin to resign,” he told reporters on Monday. Dmitry PolyukaAuthor of the initiative and municipal assistant St. PetersburgAccording to EFE agency.
The petition, which has not yet been sent to the lower house of the Russian parliament, has already been signed by representatives of municipal councils everywhere. Russia.
EFE describes that the representatives who supported the request included public officials from Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as mayors from the European part of the country and other parts of Siberia.
According to the claim, Russian citizens have been dying since the start of the war, the national economy has deteriorated, and investor and brain drain is taking place.
The ultimate goal of the petition is to remove Putin from the presidency.
“In our opinion, with the start of a special military operation in the territory Ukraine The actions of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, bear the hallmarks of a crime considered under Article 73 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, “treason”.Point out the authors of the initiative.
After the petition was made public, reprisals emerged within hours. According to the American newspaper “The Washington Post”, A local police station told lawmakers they were facing legal charges “due to actions aimed at discrediting the current Russian government.”
For his part, Baliuka confirmed on his Twitter account that he is expected to appear in the St. Petersburg District Court on Tuesday for allegedly defaming the president.
It should be noted that the Kremlin has banned criticism of the war And legislation has been passed to imprison alternative voices.
Amnesty International reported this earlier this month Dozens of people in Russia face prison terms of 10 or more years The new offense was introduced into law to crack down on critics of the war in Ukraine for sharing what authorities say is “disinformation about the armed forces”. Those prosecuted include Journalists, students, artists, lawyers and politicians.
The future of Manu
The Washington Post maintains that outspoken criticism Putin are rare RussiaAnd while the petition is little more than a symbolic statement, it reflects that A significant public rebuke to the President. It also serves as proof that there is popular support for the war in Ukraine It is not universal, and as a recent survey of Russian public opinion revealed, it may be eroding.
The American newspaper recalled that Putin grew up in the neighborhood Smolinsky He started his career in St. Petersburg where he was deputy mayor. “Many of the Russian president’s close friends still live in St. PetersburgSome of them have become fabulously wealthy during Putin’s 22 years as the country’s supreme leader.
What happens when the document reaches the Duma? Since the Russian parliament is controlled by Putin’s party, nothing happens. United RussiaThere are no signs of dissent.
But beyond that, the authors of the initiative know they have it Little hope That your request has been fulfilled. Its purpose is different: Let other anti-war Russians know they are not alone in their feelingsState-controlled television was echoed by propagandists, the Washington Post notes.
Not good news on the war front
On the battlefield Russia It announced on Saturday the withdrawal of its forces from several strategic locations in the region KharkivIn northern Ukraine, the country claims to have recaptured more than 6,000 square kilometers of land in lightning strikes in recent days.
Russian state television gave an unusual take on what was happening on its Sunday edition: “On the special operations front, it’s been a very difficult week,” said host Dmitry Kiselev.
“It was particularly difficult throughout Frente de Cargive“After the onslaught of the enemy forces, outnumbering our forces, the troops were forced to abandon the towns they had liberated earlier,” he added.
According to BBC Mundo, the “defeat” unleashed fury among pro-Russian social media channels and “patriotic” Russian bloggers, who blamed their military. to make a mistake.
Chechnya’s powerful leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, a key Putin ally, spoke in similar fashion.
“If no change in strategy is made today or tomorrow, I will be forced to speak to the heads of the Ministry of Defense and heads of state to explain the actual situation on the ground. This is a very interesting situation. It’s amazing,” he said.
What will he do? Putin? For now, that same Sunday he ordered missile strikes on the electricity infrastructure of central and eastern Ukraine; The “revenge” plunged much of the country into darkness. And this Tuesday Russia It announced “massive” bombings on all front lines in Ukraine.
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