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Moscow Officials Approve 'Day Of Wrath' Protest

MOSCOW -- Moscow officials have given permission for the first time for opposition groups and human rights activists to hold a so-called "Day of Wrath" protest, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Sergei Udaltsov, the coordinator for the Left Front movement, told RFE/RL that the action will be held on Moscow's central Tverskoi Boulevard on May 1.

The protesters plan to demand the resignations of Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov and Moscow Oblast Governor Boris Gromov.

They also want to urge the federal government to reinstitute direct elections for the heads of Russia's regions.

The previous "Day of Wrath" action on March 20 was forcibly dispersed by police, who arrested some 70 protesters.