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Friday, October 21, 2016

Poltavchenko said on the “undesirability” of the second Nazi forum in St. Petersburg

The Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko answered the request of the Deputy of city Parliament from the party “Yabloko” Boris Vishnevsky, asking about the permissibility of conduct in the city of the Second international Russian conservative forum. Recall that last year a similar event was held on 22 March 2015, has caused scandal and accusations of the authorities that they gave a platform for discussion to representatives of foreign organizations of the Nazi.

photo: kremlin.ru

The holding of the next forum is planned for October 2016, last year it was organized by the “Rodina” party and the Deputy head of administration of Tsentralny district Andrei Petrov. Then public outrage Poltavchenko answered that “the subject of nationalism at the event did not sound”, but now changed his views.

According to the Governor, who was quoted by “Fontanka”, he considers “unacceptable the promotion of Nazi ideology and shares the concern of Petersburgers” and the event in the city, “undesirable”, and in identifying potential participants of the forum — European right-wing parties stems from their definitions, given by the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Poltavchenko also notes, however, that the first forum was held privately and did not require approval from city authorities.

Read, as the extreme right gathered in St. Petersburg last year.

Just last year the Congress was attended by about 550 people, 150 of whom were represented by 11 European far-right parties and the other participants in one way or another shared their views. In the city gathered, in particular, representatives of the National democratic party of Germany, Golden dawn of Greece, the “New force” from Italy and other similar associations. Items of discussion at the forum were the issues about the purity of nation and Europe in support of Russia’s actions against Ukraine.

One of the most prominent critics of the campaign was the poet Alexander Gorodnitsky, whose poem addressed to the authorities, ended with the following lines: “We, the blockade, medals // Now hand out. // We are in a war it (the St. Petersburg — ed.) are not passed, // And they pass.”

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