Opposition's decision to hold Freedom March in Moscow in middle December results in a split

Members of the Opposition Coordination Council decided to hold a new opposition demonstration marking the 1st anniversary of the establishment of a protest movement in Russia in the form of a march on Dec. 15 and call it the Freedom March.

A blueprint of this decision, whose author is Alexei Navalny, was supported even before the Opposition Coordination Council meeting by two of its factions called the Group of Citizens and the Navalny Group and also by Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov, who earlier proposed that the demonstration be held on Dec. 8.

Sergei Parkhomenko, a member of the Opposition Coordination Council, announced on Facebook on Friday that the Group of Citizens  and the Navalny Grouphad agreed to hold the march on Dec. 15.

Meanwhile, a number of opposition parties plan to boycott the planned Freedom March the Opposition Coordination Council.

"I don't see any sense in all this," Eduard Limonov, the leader of the unregistered opposition party The Other Russia, told Interfax on Saturday.

"The mass protest started and ended on December 10, 2011," he said. "All the following actions are pointless. They all are sanctioned, and these are gestures of obedience to the authorities. I do not see any sense in these actions, and they don't influence anything."

Limonov earlier criticized liberal opposition leaders for betraying the protest movement and proposed that the opposition be "purged."

Yabloko party leader Sergei Mitrokhin told Interfax on Saturday that Yabloko is unlikely to join the Freedom March.

"We'll discuss this. It depends on who the participants are. Our position is not to march under red flags. I doubt that we will take part," he said.

At the previous opposition demonstrations in Moscow, communists and Left Front activists were marching under red flags.

"These people need not freedom but power to establish a new totalitarian regime in our country. We don't want to help them in this. Yabloko will have nothing in common with red flags," Mitrokhin said.

Yabloko did not take part in the previous March of Millions in Moscow, saying it did not have anything in common with the communists and nationalists, which participated then.

Dmitry Dyomushkin, the leader of the nationalist group Russkiye (Russians), told Interfax on Friday that the nationalists had decided not to take part in the opposition demonstration in December.

"There was some popular drive at first, and there were hopes that the organizers would have enough guts for some action, but now it's obvious that this is just an empty walk around Moscow," Dyomushkin said

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