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Linas Linkevicius @LinkeviciusL
Unbelievable, but a fact. Smolny municipal council in St. Petersburg demands impeachment of Putin. Accuses him of treason due to ‘special operation’. It doesn’t really mean anything significant yet, but in Smolny was HQ of Russian revolution in 1917. Who knows?
” September 09, 2022 https://twitter.com/mbk_center/status/1567904387418185732

Russian Lawmakers Who Demanded Putin Be Charged With Treason Summoned By Police By North.Realities https://www.rferl.org/author/north-realities/pmouqt
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Seven lawmakers in Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg, have been summoned by the police after they demanded parliament’s lower chamber, the State Duma, charge President Vladimir Putin with high treason over his decision to launch the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

The seven lawmakers from St. Petersburg’s Smolny municipal district received [1] subpoenas via SMS late on September 8 ordering them to come to the police station the next day to fill out protocols on a charge of discrediting Russia’s armed forces.

On September 7, the group sent an official letter to the State Duma demanding federal lawmakers initiate the ouster of Putin because, according to them, the ongoing war has damaged Russia’s security.

The letter also said that the invasion led to the deaths of Russian soldiers, damaged the economy and economic conditions for the country’s citizens, brought about NATO’s expansion to Sweden and Finland, and militarized Ukraine through the assistance of other states.

The letter was sent to the Russian Security Council and leaders of five political factions in the State Duma.

In early March, Putin signed a law that calls for lengthy prison terms for distributing “deliberately false information” about Russian military operations as the Kremlin seeks to control the narrative about its war in Ukraine launched in late February.

It also makes it illegal “to make calls against the use of Russian troops to protect the interests of Russia” or “for discrediting such use” with a possible penalty of up to three years in prison.

The same provision applies to calling for sanctions against Russia.” Copyright (c)2022 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036
[1] https://www.severreal.org/a/obvinivshih-putina-v-gosizmene-deputatov-osudyat-za-diskreditatsiyu-armii/32025478.html

Smolny Institute: “In 1917, Vladimir Lenin chose the building as Bolshevik headquarters immediately before and during the October Revolution. It was Lenin’s residence for several months, until the national government was moved to the Moscow Kremlin in March 1918.[3] After that, the Smolny became the headquarters of the local Communist Party apparat, effectively the city hall. In 1927, a monument to Lenin was erected in front of the building, designed by the sculptor Vasily Kozlov and the architects Vladimir Shchuko and Vladimir Gelfreikh. The Smolny Institute was also the site of Sergei Kirov’s assassination in 1934.[4]
After 1991, the Smolny was used as the seat of the city mayor (governor after 1996) and city administration of Saint Petersburg. Vladimir Putin worked there from 1991 to 1997 in the administration of Anatoly Sobchak. Today, this historic building is the official residence of the governor of Saint Petersburg and also houses a museum dedicated to Lenin. Visitors to the museum can tour Lenin’s office and living rooms and see the assembly hall where the victory of the October revolution was proclaimed in 1917…