Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- The Moscow police said 15,000 people had gathered at Bolotnaya Square in the city center to protest alleged fraud in the Dec. 4 elections in which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia gained a majority in parliament.
The police may clear people from the Luzhkov Bridge, a walkway near the square for fear it would collapse under the weight of the crowd, according to a statement on its website today. The square is on an island just south of the Kremlin.
Ilya Ponomarev, a State Duma deputy for Just Russia and one of the protest organizers, told the crowd at Bolotnaya Square that about 40,000 people had arrived and more were expected.
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