MOSCOW, December 15 (Itar-Tass) The Moscow Mayor’s Office authorized a rally against unfair elections on the Academician Sakharov Avenue on December 24. The rally will be similar to that on the Bolotnaya Square on December 10, when several dozens of thousands of people gathered. Meanwhile, many doubt that a record number of protesters, who were reported last Saturday, can hardly be repeated. Although the organizers of the rally claimed for 50,000 people.
On December 10, the protesters went out from the Bolotnaya Square in a high mood. The protest action turned out to be so massive and peaceful that no one would like to think about bad things, the Kommersant writes. But already on the next day the organizers of the next rally started to make sceptical forecasts. A new rally is scheduled for December 24. For two weeks the number of people wishing to come to a protest action may go down. No one is aware why some many people came on the Bolotnaya Square, and no one is aware how many people will come on the Sakharov Avenue. The rally on the Bolotnaya Square was staged several days after the elections and was evidently dedicated to them. Many people can not want to protest against the election results two weeks after the elections.
However, people disappointed with the election results continue to register for an upcoming rally in Facebook, the Novye Izvestia reports. On Wednesday morning there were more than 17,000 of them. According to the latest reports, the number of people wishing to come for a rally on the Sakharov Avenue already exceeded 20,000 people on Wednesday afternoon. The organizing committee of the rally decided not to make invitations to the political parties for the rally. But most of those, which were elected in the State Duma, evidently were not going to come there initially. In any case at a meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev CPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov said he is determined “to avert the Orange leprosy, which flourished on the Bolotnaya Square.”
The first meeting of the organising committee of the December 24 rally was surprising with its results, the Komsomolskaya Pravda notes. The oppositionists succeeded to come to terms that a Moscow union of voters should be created, promos should be made involving public personalities so that they appealed to participate in the rally, a contest should be held for the best leaflet and slogan and the white ribbon should be left as the symbol of the rally.