Moscow Approves New Opposition Rally on May 1

The Moscow Mayor’s Office has authorized an opposition rally planned for May 1 on Bolotnaya Square, Russian journalist Olga Romanova reported on her Facebook page.

The event will start at 15:00 Moscow time (11:00 GMT), according to Romanova, who gave no other details about the format of the action and did not say how many people had been authorized to attend.

The event is in support of the opposition protest movement throughout Russia, including demonstrations in Astrakhan, Nizhny Novgorod and other cities, reported, citing a member of the organizing committee meetings Yury Saprykin.

A bid to host the May 1 rally was filed on April 16.

Previous opposition rallies in Moscow in the last six months have gathered tens of thousands of people, including one at Bolotnaya Square in December.

Authorized demonstrations have passed off peacefully, but unauthorized actions have been swiftly broken up by the authorities and participants arrested.

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