Local political opposition groups have declared their intention to hold wide-scale protests against Bashkortostan President Murtaza Rakhimov's administration on 1 May.
Opposition leaders Ramil Bignov and Anatolii Dubovskii told journalists on 15 April that a "revolution" would begin on 1 May with a massive demonstration in the republican capital Ufa. They also said that an "orange-colored" tent city would be constructed about 9 kilometers from the republican administration building.
Various meetings calling for Rakhimov's resignation have been held since March. On 27 March, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Ufa. Opposition leader Bignov planned a protest for Moscow on 7 April and chartered a plane to transport demonstrators. The plane was held up at a Bashkortostan airport for five hours, but some 200-300 Bashkir opposition activists managed to gather on Moscow's Lubyanka Square on 8 April to call for Rakhimov's ouster, drawing attention from Russian and international media.