Staunton, January 3 – Non-Russians are angry not only about language and other “ethnic issues” but about all the things that upset Russians as well, a reality that is often ignored but that provides the foundation for cooperation between the two groups, a new report on civic activism in Kazan over the last year suggests.
On the Kazan Reporter portal, journalist Anton Raykhshtat provides a list of all civic demonstrations and protests both ethnically related and not in Tatarstan’s capital over the last 12 months (kazanreporter.ru/post/2703_vspomnit-_vse-_grazhdanskaya_aktivnost-_v_kazani_2017). It includes the following categories:
· Protests “almost all year” on the banking crisis in the republic.
· Actions in support of Aleksey Navalny.
· Protests about funding for kindergartens.
· Protests about trash disposal and processing.
· Long-haul trucker protests against the Plato system.
· Protests about failure of Moscow to extend power-sharing agreement.
· Commemoration of the sacking of Kazan in 1552.
· Various protests including flashmobs against Putin’s language policies.
· Demonstrations in support of the republic president on his 60th birthday.
· Demonstrations for and against on the centenary of the Bolshevik revolution.
· A demonstration in support of Vladimir Putin’s candidacy for re-election.