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Russian Opposition Plans March on Kremlin

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Russia’s anti-government opposition has announced that it plans to march on the Kremlin. Opposition leaders Eduard Limonov, Vladimir Bukovsky, and Konstantin Kosyakin left notice to the Moscow mayor’s office about a planned rally in defence of the freedom of assembly on Moscow’s Triumfalnaya Square on 31 January 2011. The rally would be followed by a march to the Kremlin.

The Steering Committee of the Strategy-31 coalition issued a statement saying that the campaign had come to an important and crucial decision after the events of 31 December 2010, when scores of demonstrators in several cities throughout Russia were detained. Opposition leaders Konstantin Kosyakin, Eduard Limonov, Boris Nemtsov, Ilya Yashin, and others were jailed.

The rally organisers stated that the events on New Year’s Eve proved that freedom of assembly had ceased to exist in Russia. Amnesty International recognised Kosyakin, Limonov, Nemtsov, and Yashin as prisoners of conscience. Harsher repression befell on many opposition demonstrators in Russia’s regions, including Nadezhda Nizovkina and Tatyana Stetsura in Ulan-Ude.

Alexander Averin, spokesman for the Strategy-31 Steering Committee, reported that the rally on 31 January 2011 would begin on Moscow’s Triumfalnaya Square and be followed by a march on the Kremlin. The march would advance from Triumfalnaya Square along Tverskaya Street to the Manezhnaya Square up until the monument to Marshal Georgy Zhukov next to the Red Square.



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