Your Tsar's Ass"
2nd of August, 10 hours 55 minutes. The center of Moscow. Putin's
majority in the State Duma adopts the benefits law during the second reading.
On the square in front of the Bolshoi Theater there's a communist meeting
at its peak (about 700 persons). The speakers are cursing the government
and its anti-popular policy. Somebody of the meeting's participants goes
on a hunger strike.
10.58 The distance from the meeting is less than a kilometer.
Rakhmanovski Pereulok, building 25/1-the Ministry of Health and Social
Development. Two persons dressed in MChS (Emergency Situations Ministry)
uniform enter the central doorway of the building. They tell the two security
guards that now there will be an unplanned exercise in the building, a
gas alert, and suggest that they should put on the respirators they have
brought for them. During the conversation with the guards twenty national-bolsheviks
(about a half of them also dressed in uniform) pass the checkpoint in
a long line, enter and go upstairs. They go to the first and the second
floor and, opening the first doors that they come across, announce the
unplanned exercise. The employees of Mr. Zurabov obediently and in a rather
organized way leave their places of work and go outside.
11.05 Nazbols gather in three offices of the department.
One of the biggest offices, the biggest one on the second floor, belongs
to the minister himself. The boss of the office wasn't there. (That day
he had an appointment with Putin).
Barricading is at full speed. By means of closure bars and construction
air pistols the doors of the offices are blocked. Meanwhile an unsanctioned
meeting begins: about ten nazbols passing by absolutely by chance decided
to support their comrades.
11.10 The meeting outside is at full speed. The Ministry
clerks and passers by, who stopped to gaze at such an unusual spectacle,
add mass character to the event.
From the blocked offices leaflets of the following content are falling
on the meeting participants' heads:
"Zurabov, resign! The so-called "monetization of benefits"
is a crime of the power against the people. The minister Zurabov, one
of the main initiators of this theft, is a criminal. We call all Russia's
honest citizens to rally against the power of an arrogant gang of functionaries
that terrorizes the whole country."
The NBP's banners appear in the open wide windows of the captured offices
and the assaulters chant: "Down with the government and the Duma!",
"To the people-free medicine, the ministers to the guillotine!".
The acoustics is perfect, the slogans are clearly heard hundreds of meters
away from the building.
11.20 The first militia car appears-four militiamen.
Having estimated the situation they bury themselves in portable radio
11.25 From somewhere above, somebody's voice is distinctly
heard: "Are there any employees of the ministry here? Kiss your tsar's
ass!". The official portrait of the nation-wide elected president
is thrown out of the window of Zurabov's office on the sidewalk.
11.30 Two buses with OMON soldiers (special units) arrive
to the building from the square in front of the Bolshoi Theater. The meeting
on the sidewalk is suppressed, almost all the nazbols participating in
it are arrested. From the windows of the ministry the slogan is heard:
"Down with the police state!" About one hundred OMON soldiers
rush into the Ministry of Health building.
11.35 Five minutes apart they knock out the doors of
two offices on the second floor of the building. At the windows on the
first floor nazbols go on shouting slogans.
11.50 Having estimated the solidity of the barricaded
door and pitilessly destroying the lately finished complete renovation
OMON officers break the wall of the office on the first floor.
11.55 It's Maxim Gromov who remained longer than anybody
at the window of Zurabov's office. The OMON officers had to spend much
time persuading him "not to do stupid things and to come down from
the window-sill for good"…
At 12.20 they begin to lead the nazbols out of the building
and seat in militia buses. For twenty minutes in the passages and the
offices of the Ministry of Health what Putin's polizeis call "measures
of physical pressure" was going on: the arrested were "worked
over" with boots and clubs.
The events of the following days: tortures during examination and an impudent
chase after the participants of the action around Moscow indisputably
witness the fact that the authority has realized what kind of prospect
such actions can bring to it.
According to the data of the 8th of August these nazbols are arrested
and sent to SIZO (Special Isolation Facility):
Bespalov Oleg Alexandrovich (Saint-Petersburg), 26 years old
Globa-Mikhailenko Anatoli Igorevich (Moscow), 18 years old
Gromov Maxim Alexandrovich (Cheboksary), 31 years old
Ezhov Sergey Alexandrovich (Ryasan), 19 years old
Klyonov Kirill Igorevich (Bryansk), 19 years old
Korshunovski Anatoli Anatolyevich (Saint-Petersburg), 22 years old
Tishin Grigori Anatolyevich (Moscow region), 17 years old
On the 2nd of August nazbols set an example for all disagreeing, for everybody,
whom cynical authorities don't want to see face to face. Meetings and
pickets as an instrument of political struggle and a way of voicing one's
civil position have almost lost their actuality. That is why every functionary
must feel that even in his cozy office he isn't in safety.
And how would have developed the events if these were not 20 nazbols who
entered the building, but all the 700 people who had held the meeting
in front of the Bolshoi Theater?