Staunton, August 3 – Despite clearly expressed opposition by the people of Ryazan, the powers that be in that central Russian city have had no difficulty in approving and finding money for monuments to those who have oppressed the people; and despite public support for a memorial to the victims of such oppressors, the city claims it has no money available.
There are many situations which demonstrate that the authorities at all levels of government are responsive to those above them but not to the people they supposedly represent, but few are clearer than the situation involving decisions about monuments in Ryazan, MBK’sYekaterina Vulikh says (mbk-news.appspot.com/region/stydno-i-bolno-za-ryazan/).
For 20 years, Ryazan residents have been pushing to establish a monument to the victims of political repression, but they have always been told that there is no money in the city’s budget to do so. But last year, the city financed a statue to Cheka founder Feliks Dzherinsky and began construction of a monument to the Russian Guard.
Last month, facing an angry population, the mayor staged an online poll about the latter and claimed a majority of those taking part had approved the idea (admrzn.ru/informatsionnye-razdely/novosti/2019/:33908). But an activist did a recount and found that 185 people opposed the monument and only 140 backed it (vk.com/wall-168045239_12089