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Russian Opposition Plans March Through Main Moscow Ring Road

January 23, 2012

Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Russian opposition groups asked permission to march through downtown Moscow’s main ring road on Feb. 4, rejecting alternative routes proposed by City Hall.

The groups today submitted a request for 50,000 people to walk 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) along the Garden Ring Road and down New Arbat Street to Revolution Square, opposite the Bolshoi Theater, Olga Shorina, a spokeswoman for the Solidarity movement that’s organizing the protest, said by phone.

Opponents of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin brought tens of thousands of people to the streets last month for two major rallies in Moscow and other cities after allegations of fraud in Dec. 4 parliamentary elections. Putin, 59, who’s running in March 4 presidential elections, refused demands for new polls.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s office suggested two alternative routes for the march, because it’s concerned that the proposed itinerary will create congestion on a Saturday, one of the opposition leaders, Vladimir Ryzhkov, said on his website. Boris Bulai, a spokesman for City Hall, wasn’t immediately able to comment. The Moscow authorities have three days to respond to the request, Shorina said.

--Editors: Balazs Penz, James M. Gomez

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