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Left-Wing Groups Protest on Field of Mars

Published: March 12, 2014 (Issue # 1801)



  • A few of the protesters at a city-sanctioned, pro-Ukraine rally held Mar. 8 on the Field of Mars.
    Photo: Sergey Chernov / SPT

More than 800 people took part in Peace Without Annexations, an anti-war rally organized by left-wing groups on the Field of Mars Mar. 8. Although the spontaneous, unauthorized rally held on Mar. 2 — the day after Russia’s Federation Council approved the use of military force in Ukraine — was marred by attacks and invective from groups supporting the measure as well as approximately 40 arrests, the number of provocations were few on Saturday.

Related: Anti-War Protest Leads to Arrests, Violence

Only a single incident occurred on Saturday, when an assailant tried to snatch the microphone from the hands of Legislative Assembly deputy Irina Komolova as she was speaking. This is in contrast to a number of attacks on Mar. 2 by men dressed in Cossak-style clothing and the right-wing Legislative Assembly member Vitaly Milonov and his supporters.

During the assault, the attacker reportedly pushed Komolova from behind while hurling insults. The attacker and the three people who restrained him were all held in a police vehicle on site for an hour before being released.

City Hall authorized the left-wing anti-war rally scheduled for noon, but declined to grant permission for a liberal rally that deputy Maxim Reznik — who founded the St. Petersburg Anti-War Committee with RPR-Parnas local co-chairman Andrei Pivovarov — had previously announced would be held on 2 p.m. the same day.

Related: Leningrad Blockade Survivor Arrested, Fined For Anti-War Protest

As a result, the organizers of the authorised rally invited the Anti-War Committee to join their protest. Reznik did not show up at the rally but deputy Olga Galkina, who is also a member of the committee, spoke at the event. Like Reznik, Galkina was expelled from Yabloko democratic party in 2012 and belongs to a group of ex-Yabloko members who identify themselves as supporters of the Civil Platform party.

Deputy Alexei Etmanov of the Leningrad Oblast Legislative Assembly, best known as the leader of the trade union at the local Ford assembly plant, spoke at the rally.

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The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoyed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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