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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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Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of today’s seminar is “Grammar Practice.”


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at “Professional Growth,” a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmCham’s Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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