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Russian nationalists to march in Moscow on National Unity Day

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Russian nationalists plan to hold two marches in Moscow on National Unity Day, the state holiday marked on Nov. 4, the organizers of one of the marches said Thursday.
MOSCOW, November 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russian nationalists plan to hold two marches in Moscow on National Unity Day, the state holiday marked on Nov. 4, the organizers of one of the marches said Thursday.

The organizers said that the first "Russian March" would start at around noon, while the other is planned for 7:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. GMT). Moscow authorities have sanctioned the marches, giving permission for gatherings of up to 7,000 people.

The first Russian March was held in Moscow on November 4, 2005. It was the first legally- sanctioned, large-scale nationalist event in post-Soviet Russia.

Last year's planned National Unity Day march by nationalist groups was banned by Moscow authorities. However, far-right groups defied the ruling and marched. Some 200 people were subsequently arrested.

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