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MOSCOW, March 6 (Itar-Tass) — The Organizing Committee that staged rallies "For Fair Elections" denied urging people to stay after the end of the rally in Pushkin Square on Monday evening.
"There was a decision by the Organizing Committee that the rally organized was within the framework of law," the Organizing Committee member Sergei Parkhomenko told Itar-Tass.
"Staying back on Pushkin Square was a decision by a group of grown-up, healthy and independent people," he underlined.
Meanwhile, in Parkhomenko's view, detaining those people was "lawlessness by police," because Pushkin Square is open for all, "and nobody needs to buy tickets for staying there."
State Duma lawmaker Ilya Ponomaryov /A Just Russia faction/ said in his blog on Live Journal that "A wealth of people began to chant several times "we won't leave" after the rally and that he offered them to hold "an indefinite meeting with the State Duma lawmaker."
"It was only thus that provocations and breach of law could be avoided, although /Vladimir/ Ryzhkov, a co-chairman of the unregistered People’s Freedom Party /PARNAS/ immediately took me aside and stated that I "was violating the Organizing Committee’s decision," Ponomaryov said.
Vladimir Ryzhkov is unavailable for comment.
On Monday, police detained some 250 people after an Opposition rally on Pushkin Square. The rally was sanctioned by the Moscow authorities.
After the rally, police warned the participants that they had do disperse. But several dozen citizens refused to comply with the legitimate demands, attempted to break through, resisted police and tried to block traffic. All the detainees were brought to police stations. They will be held responsible in accordance with the law, city police said.
In St Petersburg, police detained 280 participants in an unsanctioned Opposition rally in the center of the city on Monday evening.
"At present, procedures are underway to make sure these cases are reviewed by courts," a representative of the police department for Petersburg and Leningrad region told Itar-Tass.
"The participants in the action did not obey the repeated demand by police that they stop the illegitimate action," a Petersburg police official said.
Earlier, the so-called non-system Opposition stated its intention to hold mass protests against the presidential elections regardless of their results.
One of the leaders of Moscow rallies, blogger Alexei Navalny urged Petersburg residents to come out to the streets. On February 25, Navalny participated in the march "for Fair Elections" in St.Petersburg.