Rostec Head comment on rallies: “There has to be an alternative option!”
Suppression of the opposition could lead to a new era of stagnation, Chemezov said.
Russia has to meet a “sound opposition,” and rallies in Moscow are caused by extreme irritation of citizens, said Sergey Chemezov, Rostec CEO, in an interview with RBC. According to him, the lack of opposition can lead to stagnation.
“People are very annoyed, and this is awful for anyone. In general, my civic position is: the presence of a sound opposition is for the benefit of anybody, a representative assembly, and ultimately the state. There has to be some alternative option that prompts and sets signals,” Chemezov said when he spoke about protests amid the elections to the Moscow City Duma.
Recall that the rally is held in Moscow every Saturday due to the refusal of access almost all well-known opposition members, including Lyubov Sobol, Ilya Yashin, Dmitry Gudkov, Ivan Zhdanov and others. Only the candidate from the Yabloko party, Sergey Mitrokhin, managed to register via the court.
After a peaceful rally on July 27, investigating authorities launched a criminal case on the riots, 13 people were arrested. On August 19, all charges were dropped from one of the defendants, TV director Dmitry Vasiliev.
September 10 is the day when State Duma deputies return from summer vacation to the building on Okhotny Ryad. Among them is the hero of our previous investigation, the ‘Steel King of the South of Russia,’ Ivan Ivanovich Demchenko. The owner of the Abinsky Electrometallurgical Plant, which withdraws the profits of companies under its control to the accounts of foreign offshore companies, will once again start working as part of the Duma committee on regulations – it is an unchallenging job, necessary for parliamentary immunity of the deputy and his vast business, which brings billions of rubles annually.