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Moscow police to clamp down on attempts to organize unauthorized protest actions

July 18, 2013, 15:04 UTC+3
"We know about unauthorized actions because anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny was found guilty of corruption on a large scale" Moscow police spokesperson said
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MOSCOW, July 18 (Itar-Tass) - Police will tighten security in downtown Moscow, law enforcement agencies told Itar-Tass.

Moscow police takes measures to ensure security and law and order in the downtown, a law enforcer said on Thursday.

“We know about unauthorized actions because anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny was found guilty of corruption on a large scale. We should ensure law and order in downtown Moscow,” the law enforcer said.

He stressed, “Any attempts to organize unauthorized actions will be clamped down in compliance with the existing legislation.”

Control will be taken at all squares in downtown Moscow - the Lubyanka, Pushkin, Tverskaya and Manezh squares. They are patrolled by reinforced police units.

Earlier, calls have been made public in the Internet to take part in the protest action at the Manezh Square in support for Navalny. The protest action is planning to be held at 7:00 p.m. Moscow time.

Navalny is sentenced to five years in prison for masterminding a property embezzlement scheme at the Kirovles enterprise on Thursday. The second defendant, former director of the limited liability company Vyatka Forest Company Pyotr Ofitserov was sentenced to four years in prison.

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