Participants of rally in Grozny, devoted to Day of national unity, told the”Caucasian knot” about the fact that they were forced to come threats. According to the data of the mayoralty of the Chechen capital, the action was attended by 18 thousand people.

The publication quotes from conversations with several participants of the meeting: a student of the Chechen University, employee of a local company and an employee of one of regional departments. The student told of how they were brought to the rally by bus. The other two interviewees complained that the authorities threatened with dismissal those who do not go to the meeting.

“There were lots of people, made Minister of the press, was nothing special. Almost all monotonous and similar. The flags of Russia, Chechnya and the “United Russia”, the portraits of Putin, Akhmad and Ramzan Kadyrov, all sorts of banners and banners that were distributed before the meeting. Young people may interested in the day to meet in the centre, to communicate, to hear the singers and sit in a cafe. I have to be honest, no traction for such events is long gone. But not to be impossible, the authorities threatened with dismissal”, – said the employee of one of the local businesses Waha.

After the official part was held a festive concert with participation of stars of the Chechen platform. At the end of the action the participants of the rally sang hymns of Russia and Chechnya.

As noted Ovdinfo.orgthe compulsion to participate in a public event with the use of official position – a crime for which, according to article 149 of the criminal code provides punishment till three years of imprisonment.

National unity day – a public holiday, which is celebrated in Russia on 4 November every year since 2005. Coincides with the day of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God. According to the Labour code of the Russian Federation is a holiday. In 2016 the Russians rest from Friday 4 November to Sunday 6 November. This year the share of Russians know what the holiday will be November 4, reached the maximum value since the beginning of the observations of sociologists – 56%.

Residents of Chechnya reported about forcing state employees to participate in a celebratory rally in Grozny 04.11.2016

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