Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Yakov Silin takes minibus to connect with voters on streets of Yekaterinburg

Yakov Silin, a Yekaterinburg mayoral candidate, drove a minibus around the city this week in order to connect with voters.

The minibus is the main form of public transportation in most Russian towns, The Wall Street Journal reports.

In a clip shown on a regional news channel, local passengers voice concern to Silin about local problems, including hospitals and immigration.

Silin is part of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party.

In the ad, Silin takes the minibus on a detour to address the issue of 20 immigrants living in one apartment. He stops at the apartment and calls the police, asking them to meet him at the address, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Traffic police are reportedly looking into whether Silin has the correct license to operate the minibus vehicle.