Udaltsov: Opposition to rally in support for political prisoners in Moscow on Oct. 30

The opposition plans to hold a demonstration in central Moscow on Oct. 30 in support for imprisoned suspects and defendants under criminal cases dealing with mass disturbances, Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov said.

"A major rally in support for political prisoners should be held on Tuesday, Oct. 30," Udaltsov told journalists on Saturday.

He said this announcement was made at a rally on Trubnaya Square in Moscow earlier in the day.

Interfax has yet to obtain comments on this information from the Moscow administration.

Udaltsov said that, if he is elected to the Opposition Coordination Council, "I will demand starting preparations for a new March of Millions to mark the anniversary of the first such actions in early December."

One of the Opposition Coordination Council's objectives will be "to specify the opposition's political demands," he said.

Udaltsov said he was not going to call on the people who gathered for the demonstration on Saturday to stay on the square after the event is to be officially ended.

He described as inappropriate another opposition leader Eduard Limonov's behavior, referring to the latter's remark that Udaltsov's aide Konstantin Lebedev had been arrested because of Udaltsov's comments.

"I liked to read Limonov earlier, but now I am disappointed and not reading him anymore. I believe he has sided with the authorities and is behaving indecently, meanly and treacherously," Udaltsov said.

State Duma deputies Ilya Ponomaryov and Dmitry Gudkov are taking part in the Saturday rally as well.

Participants in the demonstration are actively voting for candidates to the Opposition Coordination Council in tents pitched on the square.

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