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St. Petersburg Rejects Solidarity's Request To Hold Gathering

ST. PETERSBURG -- The authorities in the Russian city of St. Petersburg have declined a request from the opposition Solidarity movement to hold its first-ever mass gathering in the city.

The meeting was to be held on January 31.

No reason for the refusal was given.

The Solidarity activists planned to protest price increases in Russia.

Olga Kurnosova, a member of the Solidarity movement and chief of the United Civic Front's branch in St. Petersburg, told RFE/RL's Russian Service that city authorities did not offer any alternative dates for them to hold the gathering.

Kurnosova said the Solidarity leadership will soon decide how best to hold its first meeting in St. Petersburg.