A new protest against alleged election fraud, scheduled for December 24 in Moscow may not be authorized by the city’s authorities, Ekho Moskvy radio station said on Wednesday, citing the rally's organizers.
The organizers of the protest For Fair Elections planned to submit to the City Hall three possible venues for the protest, including Sakharov Avenue, Vasilyevsky Spusk and Manezhnaya Square on either side of the Kremlin.
However it turned out that all the suggested venues had already been booked, one of the protest’s organizers, Russian journalist Sergei Parkhomenko, told Ekho Moskvy.
Matvei Dzen from the nationalist organization said in his blog that they had previously requested all three places for their own demonstration on December 24.
More than 16,000 people have so far registered for the For Fair Elections rally on the organizers' Facebook page.
The organizers said they expected at least 50,000 people to come to the demonstration.
Last Saturday, the opposition held the biggest authorized protest in a decade at Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square that brought together tens of thousands of people, demanding a rerun of December’s parliamentary elections allegedly marred by massive fraud and ballot stuffing.
Demonstrations against alleged electoral fraud in favor of the ruling United Russia also took place across the country, from the European exclave of Kaliningrad to Vladivostok on the Pacific coast. Some 7,000 people also rallied on Saturday in Russia’s second city of St. Petersburg.