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MOSCOW, May 29 (Itar-Tass World Service)
On Monday, the oppositionists notified officially the Moscow Mayor’s Office about protest actions on Russia Day on June 12. The organizers noted that the rallies will last all day long. Members of the League of Voters will meet at the Sakharov centre in the morning on June 12. Then they will march to the Belorussky railway terminal to participate in the March of Millions in Tverskaya Street. The Mayor’s Office already put it clearly that they will hardly authorize opposition actions on the routes the opposition bids for. However, first detentions were made in Moscow over the disorders during the March of Millions on May 6.
The Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov noted that on Monday the Mayor’s Office received a bid for a march from the Belorussky railway terminal along the Tverskaya Street with a further rally on the Borovitskaya Square on Russia Day, the Novye Izvestia daily reported. The march is planned to begin at 15:00 Moscow time and a rally will be held from 17:00 to 20:00 Moscow time. The opposition bids for 50,000 people in the march. However, head of the Moscow regional security department Alexei Maiorov noted that the Moscow authorities will take into account the events on the Bolotnaya Square on May 6 when considering a new bid.
“A standard scheme was used in all previous talks with the Moscow Mayor’s Office,” Sergei Udaltsov explained to the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily. “We bade for one route, but the officials offered several other routes. Certainly we will negotiate and consider some compromising variants, but only within the Garden Ring Road. Neither Luzhniki nor the Poklonnaya Hill will suit us. We have some time for negotiations, therefore it is senseless to make some radical statements and declare ultimatums,” he said. The organizers bore in mind the fact that the Borovitskaya Square cannot admit 50,000 people, but believe that the location of the square will make it possible for the protesters to go in the Tverskaya Street.
The Moscow authorities doubt that the bids of the opposition will be authorized. “In several cases similar bids were made for the same places with the same time. Meanwhile, many federal and regional events, for instance, a concert on the Red Square, are scheduled in the city over the holiday,” head of the Moscow regional security department Alexei Maiorov told the Kommersant daily. The Moscow official did not rule out that the bidders for an opposition rally will have to meet once again with representatives of the Moscow authorities “to find a compromising variant,” as was the case with winter protest actions. The newspaper recalled that then members of the organizing committee needed about a week to come to terms with the Moscow authorities.
On Monday, the Moscow authorities put it clearly that the response to protesting actions on the Bolotnaya Square on May 6 that grew into clashes with police will be very tough, the Kommersant daily reported in another article. The main investigation department of the Russian Investigation Committee opened a criminal case, in which the events on the Bolotnaya Square are taken “as the staging of massive disorders and participation in them” (the maximum sentence for this crime is up to ten years in prison). The first protester was arrested within this criminal case. A protesting activist Alexandra Dukhanina, 18, was accused of an attack on the OMON riot police and the appeals to disorders.
The law enforcement agencies promise new arrests, the protesting activists promise to launch a campaign for the release of arrested protesters, the Vedomosti daily noted. On Monday, the Russian Investigation Committee opened a criminal case on two charges of Article 212 (massive disorders): Part 1(masterminding) and Part 2 (participation). Only Part 3 (the appeals to massive disorders) was used in this criminal case from this article of the Criminal Code. The punishment on new charges is much tougher that is up to ten years and up to eight years (it was up to two years before), respectively. This means that the investigators are planning to state about the exposure of the masterminds of disorders and the participants in them that were initially getting ready for them and bring the most severe accusations against them, an official from the prosecutor’s office said.