Protest to go ahead on Russia day ‘regardless of permission’
During the demonstration, the opposition intends to adopt a manifesto called Free Russia which it says will become the single program of the protest movement.
Talks with the mayor’s office about holding the march on Russia’s national day have been underway for more than a week. Opposition leaders say they want the march to go along several central streets. For this, traffic should be blocked off, something which the authorities say they cannot do. As an alternative, officials proposed another location in the south-west of the capital, a suggestion which the organizers have flatly rejected. Later, the authorities suggested another itinerary closer to the center but again, this did not suit the opposition.