Communist Party: No laws violated during Penza action on Lenin’s birthday
Penza, 24 April 2015. PenzaNews. No violations of the law occurred during the Penza memorable event with the flower-laying on the 145th anniversary of Lenin’s birth, says the message posted on the website of the regional committee of the Communist Party in response to the statement of Alexander Elatontsev, head of the Department of Internal Policy and Mass Communications of the Penza region.
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The message from the Communist Party, received by PenzaNews agency, states that there was no march or even rally on the birthday of Vladimir Lenin near the regional government.
“On April 22, 2015 at 11.00 the communists and the Communist Party supporters gathered near the regional boards of honor and glory, then crossed the road and laid flowers at the monument on Lenin Square. During the action, the participants were addressed by four people: first secretary of the Communist Party of the Penza regional committee, member of the regional Legislative Assembly Georgy Kamnev; first secretary of the city committee of the Penza Communist Party Dmitry Filyaev; spokesperson of the Communist Party regional committee Sergei Padalkin, and head of the regional branch of the women’s union ‘Hope of Russia’ Margarita Abramova. After that Dmitry Filyaev, Sergei Padalkin and Margarita Abramova were urged by the police to go with them to the police department, where the officer filed reports for organizing unsanctioned march and rally, explaining that he received a complaint from Artobolevsky citizen,” the text message said.
The Communists are also confident that this event can be characterized as a meeting with voters of the regional Legislative Assembly deputy Georgy Kamnev and the Penza City Duma deputy Oleg Shalyapin, while Dmitry Filyaev is an assistant of two deputies: the State Duma deputy Vladimir Simagin and deputy Georgy Kamnev, and Sergei Padalkin and Margarita Abramova are Oleg Shalyapin’s assistants.
“In our view, the regional officials and law enforcement agencies are selective when applying the law on meetings and interpret it as it suits them. The situation can be reduced to an absurdity. According to official Elatontsev, even funerals can be regarded as a public event. It includes a procession, a memorial meeting, where they sometimes use sound-amplifying equipment without approval from the authorities,” the communists’ message says.
As PenzaNews reported earlier, on Thursday, April 23, the head of the press service of the Penza regional Communist Party Sergei Padalkin and his deputy Margarita Abramova required to dismiss an employee of the regional department of internal policy and mass communications Alexander Artobolevsky, whose initiative, they assume, was the reason to file administrative reports on them for unauthorized conduct a memorable event with the flower-laying on the 145th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin’s birth.
Representatives of the Russian Communist Party held two one-person pickets near the regional government. One of them took place near the main entrance to the building, and the other – by the side entrance. In both cases, the Communist Party activists were holding banners reading: “Bochkarev, oust the Banderovtsy [radical anti-Communists] from government!”
Earlier, it was reported that the message about the arrest of three Penza communists on April 22 was sent to Gennady Zyuganov, chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.