It seems that police in Russia blocks roads not only for the passage of official motorcades. Now it can happen when big bosses go to bed – in order to guard their sleep.
Lately – during the period of Euro 2012 – when the football games are broadcast at late time, police of Saratov is blocking the streets in the neighborhood where the city’s police chief lives. Even the residents of the neighborhood cannot drive in.
“The football fans loudly honk and don’t let the General to sleep” – explain the traffic cops.
Translated from http://duxin.livejournal.com/38641.html:
General Arenin allowed!
Introduction –> The Article 27 of Russia’s Constitution gives me the freedom of movement in the country, especially in the native city, especially near my home.
The new invention of local warlords – blocking the streets where they live. And not let the cars to enter. Since it happens systematically, this situation should become the subject of public discussion.
Yesterday’s [June 12th] football game ended late. We wanted to go home by turning from Sobornaya Street to Grigoryev Street. But it was impossible.
The whole section bounded by streets Grigoryev-Komsomolskaya-Volzhskaya-Soborskaya was blocked by police cars – and no car was allowed to drive along Nekrasov street.
Here’s a video.
Of course, I demanded an explanation from the traffic cops. And one of them in a very straightforward way and with a philosophical smile explained: “This is the order of General Arenin not to give a pass to the private cars, since the fans honk and don’t let him sleep.”
I recall that for a long time I’ve been seeing a suspicious police car parked round the clock near the shop “Miloslav” which is at the silent intersection of Grigoryev and Nekrasov.
Now I start understanding why.
Comments of Russian netizens
aleksandr73: It starts from little things, today the roads are blocked, and tomorrow they will take you to the woods.
Alexey Syschenko: Blocking the streets is, of course, not good. But so is bothering the sleeping people. Why I and my wife must stay awake until 4 am? The whole city gets up in the morning to go to work and we can’t sleep at night because of the celebrating slackers. I think that all this honking should be fined with large sums.
duxin: I totally agree! But they don’t fight against the honking, they enforced feudalism at one specific intersection.
villa_lobos: This is like Africa.
attempt3 (replying to villa_lobos): No, this is like Russia.
pogodnik: And somewhere at this time the crime was committed…
myxuh: I live in a house in the very center of the red circle. I condemn the action of the cop, but IT IS SO FUCKING AWESOME that nobody honks below the windows! ))
pgraph: We should go there with vuvuzelas.
enbug: That’s total nonsense. Nobody in sober mind would remove the patrols from their routes to protect the rest of some official. Possibly, they either didn’t know the reason why they stood there or didn’t want to tell you.
balbulator: It’s good that he just works in police. Would he be from the Ministry of Communications – they would cut the broadcast of football matches :)