4 Nov 2018 12:26

One of Moscow's Russian March organizers says has been detained before beginning of event

MOSCOW. Nov 4 (Interfax) - One of the organizers of the Russian March in Moscow, Dmitry Karasyov, has reported his detention.

"I have been detained while getting ready for the Russian March," Karasyov told reporters.

He said he was being taken to a police station at the moment.

Interfax does not yet have official confirmation of this information.

Yelena Romanova of the Moscow department for regional security and countering corruption said earlier that the Moscow authorities have approved nine requests from organizers of processions and rallies on Unity Day on November 4.

"Three events with up to 13,000 participants in total have been approved. Three group of citizens are holding one of them, a joint demonstration along Marshal Biryuzov and Marshal Vasilevsky Street to the Shchukinskaya metro station from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and a rally on Marshal Vasilevsky Street with participation of up to 5,000 people from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.," Romanova told Interfax.

In addition, five groups will conduct a joint procession along Pererva Street and Lyublinskaya Street from 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a rally of up to 6,000 people in front of the Soldiers of the Fatherland monument from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., she said.

"Representatives of the LDPR [Liberal Democratic Party of Russia] were permitted to hold a rally with up to 2,000 participants in the Pushkin Square," Romanova said.

Karasyov told Interfax that the organizers of the Russian March received the Moscow authorities' confirmation that their event was approved to be held in Lyublino on November 4.