According to Joinfo.ua, a request for a referendum was filed by the activists of the VESNA Youth Democratic Movement, created by the members of the former democratic parties of Yabloko and Solidarnost.
According to the correspondent of Radio Svododa Tatiana Voltskaya, the application contains only two questions:
1. Do you support reunification of St.Petersburg with Europe as a commune of the Principality of Liechtenstein?
2. Do you support the restoration of the legislation of St. Petersburg of 1992 and the status of St. Petersburg as part of the Russian Federation?
The document was accepted without objection, it was assigned a serial number and registered. If the application appears not to have any shortcomings, the response (which, according to the law, must be provided in 30 days) will indicate that it is submitted for approval to the Legislative Assembly, which is to approve the idea of the referendum. After that, the organizers will have to collect 40,000 signatures.
The absurdity of the situation is that the activists of Vesna know that it will never come to the referendum. Their goal is to demonstrate that in today's Russia referendums are impossible in principle, the article of the Constitution, which provides citizens with the right to express their will, simply does not work in the country.
The activist Nikolai Artemenko said that this is his seventh application to the City Election Committee. All referendums on critical urban issues previously initiated by him and his associates have always been a failure.
Activists intend to prove that the Russian authorities profess double standards, recognizing the referendum on secession of Crimea from Ukraine.