The Speaker of the city Duma of Tomsk, Sergey Ilyinikh, said he thinks opposition activists who call the ruling United Russia party "the party of swindlers and thieves" should be burned at the stake.
Speaking during the regional Audit Chamber session, Ilyinikh said, "I distinguish those who participated in protest rallies from those who use certain forces to persuade people that the United Russia is the party of swindlers and thieves. This is very dangerous; I am sometimes afraid of what I read on the Internet. Those who write such things should be burned at the stake." “The party of swindlers and thieves” is a nickname of the ruling United Russia party popularized by anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny. Notably, in 2007 a musician from the city of Syktyvkar, Savva Terentyev, received a year of probation after he, in his blog, suggested burning “wrong cops” (apparently meaning corrupt policemen).