On March 11, the Tagansky District Court of Moscow decided to block the “No!” website, which called on Russians to vote on April 22 against amending the Constitution of the Russian Federation for violating the Law on Information regarding personal data protection.
The civil case was opened in court at the suit of Roskomnadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications. The blocking of the site is still a temporary, so-called interim measure, taken before the end of the hearing. Pre-trial preparation will take place on March 26. It must be assumed that the hearings and proceedings will last exactly until the popular vote, and even if the site is justified, it will no longer matter.
The voting itself, like any other “expression of will,” under bourgeois democracy, is only an act of legitimization of the decision already adopted by the ruling class. The Constitution itself is also a very interesting tool in the hands of the ruling circles. Prior to the presidential election in 2018, its current version was considered universal and viable. President Putin publicly stated that he does not intend to change anything in the country’s fundamental law. But at the same time, the capitalist ministers did not hesitate to flout constitutional norms, and the civilian population for the most part was not familiar with the content of the document.
All this once again reminds us that no nation-wide vote in the truest sense of the word will take place again. The authorities will take any measures to ensure a high turnout and the necessary percentage of support for the amendments. But the revised constitution will still serve the interests of the owners of boreholes, factories, newspapers and ships. Workers will write their truly democratic Constitution only when they themselves become the ruling class.