Two Penza residents hold one-person protests against renaming Sovetskaya square Sobornaya
Penza, 28 September 2017. PenzaNews. The Penza residents Yuri Abramov and Dmitry Golubev held single-person protests against renaming Sovetskaya square Sobornaya before the start of the 37th regular session of the City Duma, where it was planned to consider the issue, on September 28.
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Thus, Yuri Abramov, who reported he was a CPRF member, conducted the protest near the entrance to the City Duma holding the banner "Hands off Sovetskaya square".
According to him, such protests would continue.
Dmitry Golubev, who is not a CPRF member, but claims to have communist views, was holding the banner "Shame on deputy Shuvarin".
"I want to show my dissatisfaction that the deputy [Alexei] Shuvarin introduced the initiative in the City Duma to rename Sovetskaya square Sobornaya. I think, it is absolutely wrong because there are quite many people in the society who respect achievements of the Soviet power – these are the victory in the Great Patriotic War, the first flight into space, industrialization," he said to a PenzaNews correspondent.
Dmitry Golubev reminded that 2017 is the year of the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution.
"I don't understand why you should rename the square Sobornaya. It is doubly unclear why it is to be renamed on the 100th anniversary of the Great October socialist revolution," the agency's interlocutor added.
The issue of renaming Sovetskaya square Sobornaya was considered at the meeting of the Penza City Duma commission on urban and land management and property on September 19. It was introduced by the deputy Alexei Shuvarin.
On the basis of the discussion, the deputies voted for renaming Sovetskaya square Sobornaya unanimously.
Later, Sergei Padalkin, head of the press office of the regional Communist Party committee, ex-coordinator of "Left Front" in the Penza region, said that the initiative to rename Sovetskaya square Sobornaya was vandalism.
He suggested that all issues of renaming had to be decided by citizens in referenda but not by City Duma deputies behind the scenes.