Russian Communist Party members and supporters gathered on Revolution Square in the center of Moscow on Saturday for a rally previously sanctioned by the city administration to demand the government's dismissal.
"I think that, considering everything, no one has any doubts that the destructive course that is currently being pursued in the economy, the financial sector, education, and science, Russia's accession to the WTO, the countless obligations delegated to provinces, which are not upheld by funding, the damage that these authorities have caused to our country's defense capability and their inability to defeat corruption show that the government needs to be immediately dismissed," Ivan Melnikov, a first deputy head of the Communist Party Central Committee, a State Duma first deputy chairman and a candidate for Moscow mayor, said at the rally.
The Communist Party earlier demanded the government's dismissal as well, but the reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences proposed by the government has become "the last straw," Melnikov said.
Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov said at the same rally that "the matter is not only about the government's dismissal but about a new course, a new team, and new ideas that could pull our country out."
Melnikov's press service estimated the number of participants in the rally at 8,000. Activists are collecting signatures in support for the Academy of Sciences and for the government's immediate dismissal.
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