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Russian Activists, Opposition Apply For Mass Gathering In Moscow


Police detain participants of a previous Strategy 31 protest in Moscow (file photo)

Police detain participants of a previous Strategy 31 protest in Moscow (file photo)

Opposition groups and human rights activists in Moscow today formally applied for permission to hold a mass gathering on the city's Triumph Square on October 31, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The gathering is a part of the campaign known as Strategy 31 that supports freedom of assembly, which is theoretically guaranteed by Article 31 of the Russian Federation Constitution.

The campaign was launched last year by Eduard Limonov, one of the leaders of the Other Russia opposition coalition. Other opposition groups and human rights activists joined later. All previous 11 attempts to hold a Strategy 31 gathering on Triumph Square were thwarted by the city authorities, with police using force to disperse would-be participants.

Opposition activist Aleksandr Averin told RFE/RL that after the sacking of Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov last month, there is hope that permission will formally be granted for the gathering this month.
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