Russian opposition leader Leonid Gozman is demanding that the Investigative Committee of Russia initiate a case “on the fact of preparations for the murder” against Russian President Vladimir Putin for a parade and voting in the midst of a coronavirus epidemic.

The relevant statement is registered by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. Military parade should be held in Moscow and several other Russian cities on June 24 in honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Victory in the WWII.

A vote on the attitude of citizens of the Russian Federation to the amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation already adopted by the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and signed by the President of Russia should be held from June 25 to July 1. The amendments provide that Putin will be able to run for another two presidential terms after 2024.

The dates for these events were announced at the peak of the coronavirus epidemic. Gozman draws the attention of the Investigative Committee that the parade and voting during the epidemic are not events that are directly necessary to protect the interests of citizens and the security of Russia. During the voting and parade, infections are inevitable, and given the high lethality of the virus, part of the infected population will die.

The fact that such statement is registered speaks volumes. It seems that in authoritarian Russia, the position of the “king” before the election itself was significantly shaken.