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Roginsky: The Authorities Don't Like It At All When Citizens Consolidate

Source: (Author), 23/03/10  
Experts believe that theMoscow city authorities decided not to go ahead with the idea of putting up billboards with portraits of the bloody dictator because they received an order from someone at the top of government. "I warmly welcome the rejection of this insane idea. But it is important to understand what led to this decision" - Arseny Roginsky, chair of the International Memorial Society.

According to historian and human rights defender Arseny Roginsky it is unlikely that the Moscow authorities listened to public opinion, writes GZT.RU. Hence, it was what was said on this topic by representatives of the federal government and the leadership of the United Russia party that played the decisive role. "But we should understand that these statements could not appear by themselves. Gryzlov’s statement was certainly authorized by one of the leaders of our country", Arseny Roginsky said.

Arseny Roginsky pointed out that even after the speaker of the State Duma had called for portraits of Stalin not to be put up in Moscow, Luzhkov continued to fiercely defend this idea, arguing that it was "necessary to restore historical justice."

"So if they don’t do this after all, it will mean that the decision about this was taken at the very top", the head of Memorial is convinced.

Arseny Roginsky believes this happened because the scandal caused by the Mayor of Moscow’s plans to print posters with Stalin’s portrait led to a consolidation of society in two ways.

"On the one hand, the opponents of this idea joined together. On the other - those who really liked the idea. And the current Russian government does not like it at all when citizens consolidate. Especially because, although formally the public were dissatisfied with the capital's mayor, in actual fact the edge of their criticism was aimed at central government ", the historian concluded.
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13 Apr 2010, 14:28