Russian social media is guessing if prime minister Dmitry Medvedev (pictured) is aware of what happens in the country, while skiing amid a massive anti-corruption protests demanding his resignation.
“How was your day?” an Instagram user identified as inspiridonoff messaged Medvedev within hours after Russia saw its largest nationwide demonstrations in years, underscored by calls from protesters for the prime minister to resign amid corruption allegations, questioning the sources of his extraordinary wealth. In recent year living standards of regular Russians drastically declined, officially registering 23 millions of poor, while the alternative non-governmental statistic researches ague the real number reaches 70 million, indicating more than half of population struggling with poverty.
“Not bad, I was skiing” he replied on his damedvedev handle without mentioning where, adding a smiley with its tongue hanging out for good measure.
Prime minister Medvedev is a big fan of skiing, personally supervising the development of ski resorts in Sochi, uniting and restructuring different companies, exploiting the mountain slopes.
Anticorruption protests led by Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny have begun in Russia’s Far East and Siberia. (Photo: demonstration in Novosibirsk)
In Vladivostok, police detained at least 30 people. Local Russian media outlets reported that around 1,000 people came out to the rally, which was sanctioned by the city administration.
In Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, at least five were detained at the rally and nine others after the rally. Six people were detained at another rally in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
The planned rallies come after Navalny’s anticorruption group released a report on March 2 accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of using charities and NGOs to collect donations from tycoons and state banks and using the funds to buy expensive assets.
Navalny, who helped lead large antigovernment demonstrations in Russia during 2011 and 2012, said he wants to bring as many as 15,000 people to the streets of Moscow to protest against what he says is rampant corruption among officials close to President Vladimir Putin.
Organizers have said they hope to hold rallies in 98 cities and towns across Russia.
Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, a former prime minister, and a holder of the U.S. passport, won Somalia’s presidential election on Wednesday 8.02.2017. Voting took place at the international airport compound under tight security measures. The continuous threats from extremist group al-Shabab led to a decision to elect president by people’s representatives, as follows the Farmajo’s victory is regarded as an expression of popular support. 22 politicians registered as presidential candidates, including incumbent president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who already congratulated Farmajo with the victory, assuring peaceful transition of power.
Legislators appointed by the country’s powerful clan leaders cast ballots for Farmajo (55), known for his anti-corruption efforts during eight months he served as prime minister six years ago.
Romania’s prime minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu said the ruling coalition will not resign inspite of pressure of mass demonstrations against a measure similar to corruption indulgence. Obviously the centre-left government will not proceed immediately with its attempt to decriminalise official misconduct, which set public opinion ablaze.
PM Grindeanu acknowledged that “the act had led to division”, and suggested he may sack the justice minister later this week in an attempt to find a compromise. The question if Romanian citizens would find it sufficient remains open.