School principal fired for mocking journalists at electoral precinct 

School principal fired for mocking journalists at electoral precinct
Marina Radaeva

Saratov journalists were demanding to dismiss Radaeva.⁠

Director of Saratov school No. 56 Marina Radaeva, who impeded journalists from working at the electoral precinct on a single voting day on September 10, was dismissed. The video from the precinct shows as Radaeva refuses to introduce herself, mimics the correspondent and wags the phone in front of her face.

The dismissal of Radaeva was confirmed by the press service of the Saratov administration. The reason for this decision is not specified. The FreeNews-Volga edition reports that right after the election Radaeva took a sick leave, then went on vacation, and then again issued a sick leave.

Saratov journalists were demanding to dismiss Radaeva. They wrote an appeal to the Minister of Education of Russia and the Governor of the Saratov region, saying: "We are sure that people with such moral attitudes that Radaeva demonstrates should not teach our children, because she is an example of professional and human degradation."

In addition, in Saratov, they organized a collection of signatures under a petition demanding that Radaeva’s dismissal. The petition noted that Radaeva was at the electoral precinct during the counting of votes, not being a member of the election commission or a registered observer.

At the same time, the parents of some of school No. 56 pupils spoke in support of Radaeva.

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