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United Russia only faction to approve of Moscow Speakers Corner

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The ruling United Russia Party is the only Russian parliamentary faction to approve of an idea to designate a special area for peaceful protests in Moscow, similar to Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park.

The ruling United Russia Party is the only Russian parliamentary faction to approve of an idea to designate a special area for peaceful protests in Moscow, similar to Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park.

"I think that this is a productive idea," senior United Russia official Andrei Isayev said, adding that it would be necessary "to consult with Moscow officials on the matter."

The idea was put forward by Russian human rights activist Alexander Brod after around 170 opposition protesters were brutally detained in downtown Moscow's Triumfalnaya Square on May 31 during a March of Dissent rally.

The crackdown caused public outrage as riot police far outnumbered demonstrators and people with disabilities as well as a WWII veteran were reported to be among those detained.

Brod said Bolotnaya Square across the river from the Kremlin could be a suitable location for the designated area.

Opposition factions said having to share just one meeting area would cause inter-party quarrels.

Liberal Democratic Party Leader Igor Lebedev said he prefers the current system of each party having its own meeting point.

"We don't need it... Why do we always have to follow someone else's example?"

Moscow police said earlier on Friday they are in favor of the idea, provided it promotes law enforcement in the city.

MOSCOW, June 4 (RIA Novosti)

 

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