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NATO base in Russia is like Martians on Earth

10.04.2012  |  16:24

A group of Russian communists from the city of Ulyanovsk went on a hunger strike three days ago protesting against the deployment of an army base for the international forces in Afghanistan. Officials with the Communist Party are certain that the authorities have betrayed their country. It was said that the base in Ulyanovsk would be a civil object

A group of Russian communists from the city of Ulyanovsk went on a hunger strike three days ago protesting against the deployment of an army base for the international forces in Afghanistan. Officials with the Communist Party are certain that the authorities have betrayed their country chasing their personal interests. Vice Prime Minister of the Russian government, Dmitry Rogozin, tried to pacify the Ulyanovsk communists. He stated that the reports about the government's plans to deploy a NATO base near Ulyanovsk were nothing but rubbish. According to the official, the reports are not true to fact, but those who start them are saboteurs. "Does every piece of rubbish require rebuttal? For example: Comrades! The Martians have not landed in Kryzhopl!!!" Rogozin wrote on his Twitter. "There is no NATO base in Ulyanovsk.

There's none, and there won't be any. Those who spread the "news" about NATO bases in Russia are either saboteurs or idiots. Consider this as an official statement," Rogozin tweeted. The news messages saying that Russia had agreed to create a transit army base for the NATO group in Afghanistan appeared last winter.

Officials from the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed the information in March. They said that there were negotiations conducted on the matter. Afterwards, they clarified all the points about the possible transit of NATO cargoes from Afghanistan via Russia's Ulyanovsk. It was particularly said that the base in Ulyanovsk would be a civil object that would have no military infrastructure. It was also said that there would be no NATO military men at the base.

"The transit will be conducted under Russia's customs control," diplomats said. According to them, Russia would receive a compensation for the establishment of the logistics center. The amount has not been exposed, though.

To crown it all, Moscow, they added, attached high priority to the goals, which international forces were trying to reach in Afghanistan.

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Communists appeared to be the most ardent adversaries of the "logistics" project. Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, stated that the NATO base near Ulyanovsk was "a gift from Putin to the USA for recognizing the elections." Communists gathered for a meeting in Moscow on Saturday. Protest actions took place in Ulyanovsk too. The meeting of communists took place in the city on March 26.

The participants decided to send toilet paper rolls to a number of Russian politicians, who stated that the NATO base in Ulyanovsk would be used for the transit of harmless cargoes, like toilet paper. Indeed, dozens of toilet paper rolls had been delivered to the counseling offices of the president, the prime minister and the regional governor. The meeting under the slogan "No to NATO!" took place in Ulyanovsk on Saturday as well. Nearly 800 people took part in the demonstration in the streets of the city, Itar-Tass reports. Moreover, a group of communists built a tent township near the airport of Ulyanovsk and announced the beginning of a hunger strike.

"The action started at 16:00 on Saturday. There are sixteen people participating. The tent township has been set up 100 meters far from the airport, in the field," a spokesman for the CPRF told RIA Novosti. The participants of the action only drink water, the official added. "There's still snow here, and it's cold. We have inflatable matrasses and sleeping bags.

For the time being, everyone is ok," the communist said. According to him, the protesters are from 20 to 60 years old. They admit that they do not believe the words either from the diplomats or the local officials. "It is pretty obvious that officials and diplomats simply play the game of words.

They say that there will be a logistics center built in the city. The majority of Russians do not know what that may mean. But it does not change the point of it," a protester said. They are certain that there is a number of reasons for which Ulyanovsk has been chosen to become a transit point for NATO. The local airport is very attractive from the point of view its geographical location. "If I were a commander of NATO troops, I would do the same.

It's very close from here to Moscow. Ulyanovsk sits on the Volga River - a water artery that flows into the Caspian Sea," the head of the Ulyanovsk Mechanical Factory said. Moreover, the distance between Kabul and Ulyanovsk makes up only 2,700 kilometers, whereas the USA's base in Turkey's Incirlik is situated at the same distance. "They could build a transit base for the same purpose in Turkey.

Why would they transport the cargoes to Europe from across Russia?" a protester said. "The authorities say that Russia can profit from the project, but they do not mention the moral and the ideological sides of it. This can't be put on the scales," Dmitry Yezhov, a member of the regional Public Chamber said. Vice Prime Minister assumed that the Ulyanovsk communists decided not to eat any food in connection with Lent. "A hunger strike is a serious thing. It is a gesture of utmost desperation. One can't profane a protest because of someone's silly joke about the NATO base.

I went on a hunger strike when we were protesting against the law about monetization of state benefits. Eleven days and only water - this is serious. But here, they have arranged some circus," Rogozin said. Nevertheless, the participants of the hunger strike are not going to leave the tents before April 21, when a large-scale protest action is scheduled to take place in Ulyanovsk. .



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