Over thousand Astrakhan residents demanded resignation of authorities due to mass exemptions removal

Over thousand Astrakhan residents demanded resignation of authorities due to mass exemptions removal
Besides upholding their exemptions, the demonstrators have demanded resignation of the regional Government Photo: Oleg Shein

The regional Government has developed a Social Code with a view of saving about one billion rubles from the regional budget. The Code redistributes exemptions of local significance; in particular, it removes exemptions of the residents, whose income exceeds the minimum level of subsistence.

On Sunday more than a thousand people gathered on the Oktyabrskaya Square in Astrakhan speaking against the draft law, which cancels exemptions for 90 thousand veterans of labor and 10 thousand war veterans. As the State Duma Deputy Oleg Shein claims on his Facebook page, the amendments promoted by the local authorities will also cut social benefits to many other categories of people.

"Since the authorities had refused to approve our demonstration for a long time, we had been supposed to hold a meeting with the deputies; so we planned it at the monument to Kirov, where we told people to come. But on Thursday, the authorities approved the meeting. It would be the largest event after the mass rallies 2012," Shein stated.

During the event, activists decided to gather near the regional Duma building on the day the so-called Social Code to be discussed, that is, on November 24. In addition, the action participants agreed to "pay a visit to deputies from the Edinaya Rossiya in delegations."

As arbuztoday.ru reminds, the regional government had developed the Social Code in order to save about one billion rubles from the regional budget. The Code redistributes exemptions of local significance; in particular, it removes exemptions of the residents, whose income exceeds the minimum level of subsistence.

According to Shein, during the rally, the protesters also demanded resignation of the regional administration.

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