Truckers released their manifesto. It contains political demands

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Protests of truckers against the new toll collecting system “Platon” are not stopping in Russia.

After regional protests that took place in more than 20 regions of Russia, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, activists from different regions have agreed to coordinate and carry out a large protest rally in Moscow on Sunday, November 29th.

Last Wednesday some media reported that the authorities allegedly negotiated with the truckers and convinced them to abandon their plans. However, that was apparently the government’s wishful thinking: truckers not only sticking to their plan to “march on Moscow“, but also issued a manifesto containing harsh political demands. If the requirements set out in the Manifesto are not met, the drivers are threatening to block not only the work of transport companies using the “Platon” system, but also arrange full transport blockade of Moscow.

Russian Monitor publishes a document sent to the editor:

Truckers’ Manifesto

Issued on November 24 as the summary of protest actions:

We, truckers of Russia, prepared this manifesto of the movement. Our program consists of 7 points adopted unanimously by us.

We Truckers Russia, demand:

  1. Abolition of the “Platon” system, and seize all attempts to introduce a system of this type in Russia.
  2. Punishment of those who proposed and introduced this system, including:
    1. the oligarch brothers Arkady and Roman Rottenberg (to impose penalties in the amount of 30 billion rubles ($450 million – RRT), and send the money to the road funds of the Russian Federation. Also file a criminal case against both brothers on suspicion of their involvement in corrupt schemes);
    2. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (resignation and prohibition of work in civil service and state-owned companies for 10 years, as well as the opening a criminal case on suspicion of his involvement in corrupt schemes);
    3. The Director General of “Rostech” Sergei Chemezov (resignation and prohibition of from work in civil service and state-owned companies for 10 years, as well as the opening a criminal case on suspicion of his involvement in corrupt schemes);
    4. the head of “Rosavtodor” (Russia’s Federal Road Agency – RRT) Roman Starovoit (resignation and prohibition of work in civil service and state-owned companies for 10 years, as well as the opening a criminal case on suspicion of his involvement in corrupt schemes);
    5. General Director of “Invest-RT Transport Systems” Alexander Sovetnikov (resignation and prohibition of work in civil service and state-owned companies for 10 years, as well as the opening a criminal case on suspicion of his involvement in corrupt schemes).
  3. Cancelling the weight control for the heavy vehicles (more than 5 tons).
  4. Cancelling of vehicle tax for heavy vehicles (more than 5 tons).
  5. Restrictions on rising prices for gasoline and diesel fuel. Setting the growth at 0% for 5 years.
  6. Restricting on the growth of prices for spare parts for heavy vehicles (more than 5 tons).
  7. Providing transport companies (carriers), who are in a difficult situation, with preferential loans at 2% per annum for 5 years.

Until our demands are met, we will:

  1. Block federal highways.
  2. Prevent the “Platon” system from working.
  3. Prevent the carriers who use the “Platon” system from working.
  4. Block all transportation in Moscow and organize its complete blockage.

From the Editor:

The authenticity of the Manifesto was confirmed by one of the protest leaders in St. Petersburg Alexander Rastorguev in his a conversation with a correspondent of “Russian Monitor”.

Source: Russian Monitor