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Federation of Russian migrants asks mayor to cancel Russian March on November 4

November 02, 2012, 14:19 UTC+3

"Today we allow the Russian March, and tomorrow – the Tatar one, and later on – the Dagestan", said Head of the Federation of Russian migrants Mohammad Amin Madzhumder

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MOSCOW, November 2 (Itar-Tass) — Head of the Federation of Russian migrants Mohammad Amin Madzhumder asks the Moscow Mayor’s Office to cancel the so-called Russian March due on November 4.

“We believe it is unsuitable to organise rallies of the kind on such a day. We are speaking about the Day of National Unity. Today we allow the Russian March, and tomorrow – the Tatar one, and later on – the Dagestan. Thus, we eliminate the essence of the holiday,” Madzhumder said in an interview with the Echo of Moscow radio station on Friday.

The Russian March on the Day of National Unity “discriminates and insults people of other nations, living in Moscow,” he said.

On October 30, Head of the Moscow security service Alexei Mayorov said the Mayor’s Office approved two requests for organisation of the so-called Russian march in Moscow on November 4. “The first one is a march from the monument to Peter the Great along the Krymskaya embankment to the Central House of Artists, where up to 10,000 are allowed to participate; the second one is a march along Pererva Street to Lyublinskaya Street and a rally by the monument there, where up to 20,000 are allowed to participate.”

“The march route will go through the Yakimanskaya and Krymskaya embankments to the Central House of Artists, where the rally will take place,” a member of the Opposition Coordination Council, Vladimir Tor said. This year “there will be only one march on November 4 and the organizing committee chose the city centre,” he confirmed. “It will gather 10,000 participants.”

On October 31, Ruslan Gattarov, a member of the Russian Federation Council, asked Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin to move the Russian March to the outskirts. “Judging from the experience of previous Russian Marches, it cannot be excluded that Nazi symbols could be raised over Moscow. I believe that it’s inadmissible. The German fascists never conquered Moscow. So, their symbols shouldn’t appear over Moscow streets. It’s going to be an insult to the people of Russia and their history,” Gattarov wrote in his letter to Sobyanin. In this connection, Gattarov asked the Moscow mayor to move the action from Krymskaya embankment to the Moscow outskirt of Lyublino.

On October 31, representatives of seven Moscow public organizations have written an open letter to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, urging him to ban nationalists from holding a Russian march in the capital on November 4.

The organizations who put their signatures under the appeal include the Moscow Council of Mothers with Many Children, the “Law and Order” regional public foundation, the Stupino Union of Gardeners, Vegetable Growers and Summer Residents that unites about 56,000 people who have cottage houses in the Moscow region; the Union of War Veterans of Moscow’s Novogireyevo district; a sport and defence organization of the Moscow Taganka district; the Moscow Union of Veteran Judo Wrestlers and the Kizhi centre of creative activities.

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