Ksenia Thorstrom, deputy of the municipality of Semenovsky district of St. Petersburg, said:
“My colleagues and I wanted to support the Smolninsk deputies who were recently summoned to the police and will soon be on trial.”
Meanwhile, the deputies’ petition reads: “We, the deputies of Russian municipalities, believe that the actions of President Vladimir Putin harm the future of Russia and its citizens. We demand the resignation of Vladimir Putin from the post of President of the Russian Federation.”
“We decided to prepare such a short appeal so that there would be less reason to find fault with the authorities and for the petition to be signed by as many municipal deputies as possible,” K. Thorstrom added.
Last week, deputies of St. Petersburg’s Smolninsk municipality called on the Russian State Duma to impeach Putin on charges of treason to remove him from office over the war in Ukraine.
As announced on the Twitter account of one of the deputies, Nikita Yuferev, these deputies are now facing charges of “discrediting” the Russian army.
Municipal deputies are local officials with limited political influence. The petition follows Russia’s first regional and municipal elections since the start of the war, in which pro-Kremlin candidates won in a landslide.
Prepared by CNN.