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About 500,000 people take part in festival events in Russia

June 12, 2012, 19:32 UTC+3
According to the Moscow city police department, no incidents took place during an opposition rally in Sakharov Avenue. No one was detained
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MOSCOW, June 12 (Itar-Tass) —— About 500,000 people took part in mass actions on the occasion of the Day of Russia marked in Russia on June 12, a spokesman for the Russian interior ministry reported.

“Actions in a number of regions are already over, but festivities are in full swing in many other regions. No considerable incidents violating public order were reported. The atmosphere is festive and easy,” the spokesman said.

According to the Moscow city police department, no incidents took place during an opposition rally in Sakharov Avenue. No one was detained.

According to the Russian interior ministry, a total of 236 various mass actions involving 104,600 people were held in central Russia. The biggest actions were held in Moscow, the Lipetsk and Kursk regions.

Resident’s of Russia’s northwestern regions were not so active, with 72 mass actions held in 34 cities and settlements. A total of 11,900 people took part in these actions, with the bulk of them held in St. Petersburg and the Kaliningrad region.

Mass festivities drew 16,400 people in Russia’s southern regions, and 58,600 – in the North Caucasian republics.

A total of 239 events were staged on the occasion of the Day of Russia in the Volga regions, with some 72,000 participants. The biggest actions were held in the republic of Bashkortostan and in the Kirov region.

As many as 138 festival events involving 73,500 people were held in the Urals regions, with the biggest ones in the Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets autonomous aras.

Most active were residents of Siberian regions. “As many as 380 mass festivities involving 132,100 people were held in 212 cities and towns in Siberia. Festival events in the Kemerovo and Novosibirsk regions, and the Altai Territory drew the bigeest number of participants,” the spokesman said.

A total of 236 festival events in the Far East drew 57,500 people.

In Moscow, festival events will be crowned by telebroadcasts of a football match between Russia’s and Poland’s national teams in the Euro-2012, which will be shown live at open-air floor at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre, the Luzhniki stadium, and in Gorky Park.

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