Opposition to rally against political reprisals in central Moscow

Russian human rights campaigners and opposition activists will hold a rally in support of "modern-day political prisoners" at Novopushkinsky Park in central Moscow on Tuesday evening.

The action, dedicated to the Day of Remembrance for Victims of Political Reprisals, marked on October 30, has been permitted by the Moscow authorities.

Its organizers are the May 6 Committee, the Union of Solidarity with Political Prisoners, the Memorial human rights center, the Moscow Helsinki Group and the For Human Rights movement.

"We will both remember the victims of the past political reprisals in Russia today and will demand the end of political persecutions and the release of new political prisoners," the Memorial center said in a statement seen by Interfax on Tuesday.

Russian opposition activist Sergei Davidis posted a copy of the Moscow administration's permission to stage the rally, signed by the first deputy director of the city government's regional security department, Vasily Oleinikov, on his Facebook page earlier.

The document allows the opposition to stage its rally with a turnover of up to 2,000 at Novopushkinsky Park from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Moscow Time) on October 30.

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