In what has triggered reactions across the nation and social media, more than 30 Russian municipal deputies have signed a petition calling for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s resignation.
According to local reports, the petition which was posted by Xenia Torstrem, a deputy in St. Petersburg’s Semyonovsky District, was originally signed by 19 officials.
The petition reads: “We, the municipal deputies of Russia, believe that the actions of President Vladimir Putin harm the future of Russia and its citizens”.
“We demand the resignation of Vladimir Putin from the post of President of the Russian Federation!”
It was clarified that the petition was signed primarily by municipal deputies serving in Moscow and St. Petersburg, although the signatories also include officials from cities like Samara and Yakutsk.
The petition came barely a few hours after Russia held the country’s first election since the start of the war with Ukraine. Voters cast ballots to elect more than 31,000 officials nationwide, although, expectedly the Kremlin’s opposition alleged fraud and vote-rigging.
Meanwhile, reports have it that the petition potentially places the municipal deputies at risk, given the Kremlin’s law criminalizing the publishing of “fake news” about the war, which Putin refers to as a “special military operation.”
Reports also have it that offenders face up to 15 years in jail, and Russian officials have punished dissidents since the troop’s invaded Ukraine in February.
In a statement, former Russian parliament member Boris Nadezhdin said “People who convinced President Putin that the operation will be fast and effective … these people really set up all of us”.
On his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyin a statement said “The path to victory is a difficult one. But we are sure: you are capable of it”
“You will reach our border, all its sections. You will see our frontiers and the enemies’ backs. You will see the shining of the eyes of our people and of the occupiers’ heels. They will call it ‘goodwill gestures.’ We’ll call it a victory.”
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