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Truckers in Russia Protests – Story Spiked/Suppressed In Russia

ps. – About, from Wikipedia.

  • Meduza is a Riga-based online newspaper and news aggregator in the Russian language, headed by Galina Timchenko, the former editor-in-chief of Russian news website
  • Meduza is run by a team of around 20 journalists who resigned from their jobs at following Galina Timchenko’s unexpected removal from her post by the website’s owner and Vladimir Putin ally, the oligarch Alexander Mamut. There are no Latvian journalists in the project.
  • Timchenko told Forbes that the decision to base Meduza in Latvia was made since “right now, establishing an independent Russian-language publishing house in Latvia is possible, while in Russia it is not.”Russian businessman and former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky and telecommunications magnate Boris Zimin had been considered as passive investors; however, they parted ways “for strategic and operational reasons”
  • …it aims to fill a market niche which exists due to “a long list of forbidden topics which Russian media do not raise for various reasons – due to direct and indirect censorship (Ed. note: “by Russia”).

 Truckers in Russia begin protests

A series of protests by Russian truckers has begun in regions throughout Russia. The truckers are protesting against the Platon road system, whereby tolls are collected for the use of federal roads.

As reported by the news site Meduza, drivers taking part in the protests line up their trucks along the roads. Protests have begun in the areas of St. Petersburg, Tatarstan, Primorye, Amur, as well as other regions.

Earlier, the Association of Carriers in Russia announced that no less than ten thousand truckers would participate in the protest on March 27th.

The protests were organized in spite of the fact that on March 24th the government announced that it would change the original plans to raise the tolls on Platon roads. Earlier, the plan was to do away with the special toll rate and double the tolls. Now the tolls will only be increased by 25 percent.

The system of charging tolls on federal roads for vehicles with heavy payloads has been in effect since November 2015. Initially, the toll rate was to be 3.73 rubles ($0.07 USD) per kilometer, and then it was lowered to 3.06 ($0.05 USD). After the mass protests, it has been lowered to 1.53 rubles ($0.03 USD) per kilometer. Later, however, the decision was made to increase it.

In November, protests by the truckers in the Moscow region led to the all of the participants as well as journalists being detained.