Staunton, September 1 – All the residents of the Mari El village of Maly Shaplak have decided to protest the fact that the Russian postal service has not delivered mail to them or to neighboring villages for more than a year by deciding not to take part in the upcoming elections. The authorities are ignoring us, so we will ignore them residents say.
“They don’t think about us, but we are supposed to think about them?” he said in explaining the decision of the villagers to take this action.
This is not the first time residents of this village have been infuriated by the attitudes of outside officials. In August 2010, then-President Dmitry Medvedev visited Maly Shaplak during his tour of Mari El. Not only were people kept up all night waiting for him, but they were forced to wash the roads twice before he got there (mariuver.com/2010/08/11/derevnja-medvedev/).