Police buses wait for opposition activists at Triumfalnaya Square

Some 20 buses with policemen arrived at Moscow's Triumfalnaya Square on Wednesday afternoon.

Opposition activists plan to conduct a rally in defense of Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees freedom of assembly, on Triumfalnaya Square on Wednesday evening.

Triumfalnaya Square is encircled with metal bars and police officers are standing near the entrances to Mayakovskaya metro station. There are traffic police units around Triumfalnaya Square. Parking on the streets adjacent to Triumfalnaya Square is prohibited on Wednesday.

Alexander Averin, a representative of the unregistered opposition party The Other Russia, told Interfax opposition activists will come to the monument to Vladimir Mayakovsky on Wednesday evening. "The police are strong-minded, bearing in mind the rally organized by The Other Russia by the Moscow mayor's office yesterday. There is a possibility that Limonov will be detained after leaving his house," Averin said.

Every time Limonov and his supporters come to Triumfalnaya Square, they are faced with hundreds of police officers and interior troops and are detained by police.

On Tuesday, the police detained eight The Other Russia activists who had come to the mayor's office seeking a meeting with officials from the Moscow administration.

Limonov told Interfax he will come to Triumfalnaya Square on Wednesday despite warnings from the authorities.

"If something happens to us, another generation will come and will seek freedom of peaceful assembly, which we are guaranteed by the Constitution," he said.

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