‘Kadyrov's bridge’ is the main theme of conversations in St. Petersburg. The locals do not like the idea of toponymical commission to name the bridge after Akhmad Kadyrov.
According to Russian political and financial activist Aleksey Navalny, most of citizens considered the government’s decision to rename the bridge as an act of mocking and humiliation.
‘There are many outstanding people in St. Petersburg but none of the streets or buildings were named after them.’ underlines Navalny.
The idea belongs to the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg for United Russia Vitaly Milinov. 84% of citizens refused to support this idea but the local authorities decided to do it on their own way.This decision triggered protests from the residents of Saint Petersburg. Online petition against the 'Kadyrov's bridge' gained votes of around 70,000 people
During the demonstration people shouted: ‘Say no to Kadyrov’s bridge’
As we know, Akhmad Kadyrov was the Chief Mufti of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in the 1990s during and after the First Chechen War. At the outbreak of the Second Chechen War he switched sides, offering his service to the Russian government, and later became the President of the Chechen Republic from 5 October 2003, acting as head of administration since July 2000.
On 9 May 2004, he was assassinated by Chechen Islamists in Grozny, using a bomb blast during a World War II memorial victory parade. His son, Ramzan Kadyrov, who led his father's militia, became one of his successors in March 2007 as the President of the Chechen Republic.