Nationalists plan 50,000-strong rally in Moscow

Moscow, Jan 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Moscow authorities have received a request from Russian nationalist movements to authorise a rally for 50,000 people in the capital Feb 4, a deputy mayor of Moscow said.

Opposition movements are planning other large-scale rallies in Moscow Feb 4, following last month’s protests against alleged vote fraud in the parliamentary elections.

Deputy Mayor Alexander Gorbenko said the nationalists proposed five different routes for a march through downtown Moscow.

“We are going to offer an alternative site to organisers. Most likely it will be Lyublino,” Gorbenko said, referring to a working-class neighbourhood on the outskirts of Moscow.

“We will also propose cutting the number of participants to 10,000,” he said.

Last month, rallies against suspected vote fraud on behalf of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia at the Dec 4 parliamentary polls attracted a bewildering range of opposition groups, including extreme-right movements that have seen members jailed for race-hate attacks.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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