Residents of Chechnya at the subbotnik (community works). Photo by the press service of the United Russia party

05 October 2019, 12:28

In Grozny, students and state servants forced to take part in subbotnik before City Day

For two days in a row, employees of municipal organizations of Grozny were taken to remove construction waste in the new dwelling settlement of Ortsin-Mokhk; while students' classes were cancelled because of subbotniks.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in Chechnya, employees of budget-funded organizations and civil servants repeatedly complain that they are forced to take part in collective events organized by the authoritiessubbotniks, rallies and football matches. A refusal to participate therein threatens with dismissal from work.

Residents of Chechnya can avoid taking part in a subbotnik by sending another person to work instead of them. Sometimes a person can be replaced by a relative; and sometimes people hire a subbotnik replacement for them for money.

In Grozny, students and state servants employees are attracted to landscaping work on the eve of the City Day scheduled for October 5.

A source from the city administration has confirmed that large-scale subbotniks have been organized for the holiday in Grozny; and earlier the Mayor had announced a month for the sanitary cleaning of the city.

A large-scale involvement of Chechen residents in subbotniks is a continuation of the traditions of the Soviet era, although the republic's authorities can hire workers for money, said Svetlana Gannushkina, the head of the "Civil Assistance" Committee.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on October 5, 2019 at 01:13 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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