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    Moscow Police Notified by Saturday's Authorised Rally Organisers of Possible Provocations

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Interior Ministry's Main Directorate for Moscow said that it was informed by the organisers of the authorised rally in the Russian capital about the provocations planned by opposition figures at the demonstration.

    "The organisers of the rally planned on Academician Sakharov Avenue notified the Russian Interior Ministry in Moscow that [opposition figure] Lubov Sobol and other participants of the rally were going to organise provocations during the event", the Moscow police said in a statement.

    The Moscow city government authorised the demonstrations at Academician Sakharov Avenue to be held from 2 p.m. (11:00 GMT) to 4 p.m. (13:00 GMT) on 10 August.

    "As of 2 p.m., about 7,000 people have joined the event", the Moscow police said in a statement.

    The previous rallies were unauthorised by the Moscow authorities.

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    In late July, a number of pro-opposition candidates held rallies and called for acts of civil disobedience to protest them being barred from participating in the September 8 election after they failed to gather the needed amount of valid signatures of support.

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