Moscow Mayor's Office announces unilateral approval of rally for second time

Moscow Mayor's Office announces unilateral approval of rally for second time

Negotiations with deputy Rusakova on the protest rally on August 10 ended in nothing.

The rally for fair elections to the Moscow City Duma on Sakharov Avenue was agreed with the Moscow Mayor's Office, the first deputy head of the Moscow Regional Security Department Vasily Oleinik told TASS. According to him, “an agreement was reached with a group of citizens and the organizer, Yelena Rusakova,” but Rusakova refuted the report.

“The information about the authorization of the rally on August 10 is incorrect, I did not receive any documents,” the chairman of the Council of Deputies of the Gagarinsky District, unregistered candidate for the Moscow City Council Rusakova, wrote on her social network page. 

According to her, she did not discuss at the Mayor’s Office on August 10, but conveyed the appeal of the deputies and the chairman of Yabloko, Emilia Slabunova, about security measures on August 3. On this date, another action is scheduled against the refusal for opposition to participate in the elections.

“I am not quite satisfied with the outcome of the conversation. It is impossible to discuss August 10 without the security guarantees on August 3. And on August 10, we need a public meeting with all the applicants,” Rusakova stressed.

Earlier, the Moscow City Hall reported on the approval of the rally on August 3 at Sakharov Avenue. The Libertarian Party that applied for the rally said they had asked for an event on Lubyanka. Rusakova also filed the application, but it also was not supposed to take place on Sakharov Avenue. The deputy asked to hold a rally at Revolution Square. Negotiations are deadlocked.

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