MOSCOW, December 24 (Itar-Tass) — The rally on Academician Sakharov Avenue in downtown Moscow has ended without any incident.
Its organisers could not gather the pledged number of attendees – 50,000 people. The rally had to last till 6 p.m. Moscow time, but it ended earlier. Now people are starting to leave the avenue. Policemen organised a special passage to the Komsomolskaya metro station.
About 29,000 people are being involved in the rally at once. This is little more than during the previous action on Bolotnaya Square. However, the organisers failed to gather the pledged number of attendees – 50,000 people.
“The Moscow Police Department said the number of rally participants – 50,000 people on Academician Sakharov Avenue does not correspond to reality. Supposing that the parameters of length and width are divided in two square metres [the minimal area for one people], the number of rally participants declared by organisers goes wrong. It is impossible even if we suppose people stand superdense – each per 1,5 square metres,” the department said.
“In addition, police estimate the number of participants in the rally by being guided by objective data – by reading metal detectors,” policemen explained.
Meanwhile, the rally organizers made public absolutely other figures, which differ several times even from those that some of them announced. According to blogger Navalny, about 100,000 people gathered on the avenue, Nemtsov stated about 200,000 protesters. The supporters of various political and even public movements, including sexual minorities, were participating in the protest action.