From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng (Original Message) Sent: 11/11/2007 2:11 AM 10.11.2007 19:38 MSK Illegal withdrawal of Union of Rightist Forces (SPS) propaganda material continues RUSSIA, Moscow. In Russia, a special operation was conducted by law-enforcement agencies to confiscate a legally published print run of the pre-election newspaper of the SPS, reported the SPS press-service on November 8. More than 10 million copies of the newspaper were confiscated in the course of a week. Almost 4 million were blocked from production at printing houses.
In particular, in Krasnoyarsk, at a State Inspectorate For Road Traffic Safety post, a car transporting part of the print run of the newspaper was detained, and the remaining print run was taken directly from the printing house. In Izhevsk, the print run of the newspaper was taken from storage space leased by the regional department of the SPS. At the entrance to the city of Moscow, a group of armed officers of law-enforcement agencies stopped a car transporting a print run of official SPS materials. The examination of the car allegedly turned up several copies of "certain extremist literature", which became the occasion for the detention of the driver and confiscation of the official print run. Similar instances occurred to twenty people.
On the morning of November 8, law-enforcement agencies completely blocked the work of the printing house "Reo-Print", the official SPS contractor for the production of propaganda materials. SPS representatives arrived at the printing house to take pick up some printed material, but were not allowed into the printing house. All entrances were blocked by DPS cars. To all calls, the secretary of the printing responded that the printing house was being investigated and could not be entered. Scores of MVD officers were on the printing house’s property. All calls to the printing house were being monitored. SPS representatives attempted to be connected to colleagues of the UBOP 16th Division (the division that decided on investigating the "Reo-Print" printing house). The person on duty said everyone in command was engaged in the printing house investigation.
The chairman of the SPS Federal Politsovet, Nikita Byelich stated: "In Russia, lawful cruelty has begun. Election law is being violated. They understand that there are no legal methods to prevent us in our work. Therefore they’ve resorted to violating the law. They tell us: "Yes, you are right, but your newspaper you will not last until the end of the election campaign". This very convincingly proves that the Kremlin fears the SPS will win seats in the State Duma ".
The SPS press-service also reported that for three days the whereabouts of Yevgeny Novokreshchenov, a driver who was transporting a half-million copy print run of SPS materials, have been unknown. On November 5, he left the "Reo-Print” printing house in Podolsky and disappeared. Only after two days was he able to make a call, which was cut off. Novokreshchenov did not know where he was located, though it was possibly beyond the limits of the Podolsky region.
The chief of the SPS pre-election staff Anton Bakov stated: "The kidnapping of people with no connection to policy – such as a simple driver— once more confirms that the nascent personality cult of Putin is dangerous to all citizens of Russia without exception: from the multi-millionaire to cleaning woman ".
Translated by OM Kenney PRIMA-News Agency [2007-11-08-Rus-07]
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