Moscow authorises opposition rally

Moscow, Jan 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A planned opposition march followed by a rally where 50,000 people will protest the results of parliamentary elections have been given the go ahead, an official said Thursday.

The City Hall “approved one of the variants” proposed by the organisers, Deputy Mayor Alexander Gorbenko said.

The approval came after a previously unsuccessful attempt by the opposition Jan 20 to claim another venue in Moscow for the demonstration.

The procession will be held Feb 4 in the Garden Ring, a circular avenue in the Russian capital’s centre.

The city’s Bolotnaya Square witnessed largescale protests against alleged fraud in the Dec 4 State Duma elections.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin-led United Russia party won the December ballot but critics claimed the vote had been rigged. The authorities have admitted that “minor violations” took place.

In order to avoid accusations of electoral fraud in the coming presidential polls, Putin has said that 95,000 polling places in Russia will be equipped with webcams.

This will cost up to 15 billion rubles (around $490 million).

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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