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"Putin, Help!" Photo courtesy of Go31.ru
“Putin, Help!” Photo courtesy of Go31.ru and 5koleso.ru

Drivers Spell Phrase “Putin, Help!” with Buses in Stary Oskol
RBC
September 27, 2016

Drivers at the OskolPasTrans passenger transport company in Stary Oskol have held a flash mob during which they parked their buses to spell out the phrase “Putin, help!” They have published a video of their protest on their own channel on YouTube.

The drivers involved in the protest asked that attention be paid to the actions of local officials, who, according to the drivers, have driven them out of the transport market. In the video, the drivers note that the flash mob’s main goal is an “objective investigation of the local passenger transport market.”

The protesters are also seen toting placards with slogans such as “Governor, help!” “No to corruption,” and “Give us back our property.”

As a female driver in the video recounts, she appealed to the Arbitration Court to protect her interests. On September 6, 2016, the court ruled in favor of her lawsuit, but “attempts by city hall to terminate [the company’s?] contract have continued.”

According to the Belgorod-based new website Go31.ru, OskolPacTrans was the city’s major carrier, but the authorities had concerns about the quality of their services. In the summer of 2016, the Stary Oskol mayor’s office terminated its contract with the carrier, and the drivers were put out of work.

Translated by the Russian Reader

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