Vocal opposition activist to conduct rally to defend Russian constitution on Dec. 31

Opposition figure and writer Eduard Limonov will go to Triumfalnaya Square in central Moscow on Dec. 31 after all.

"I will go to advocate my country's constitution. Somebody should do that," he wrote in his LiveJournal on Sunday.

On Saturday the Moscow city authorities warned him and his supporters against conducting a rally in Triumfalnaya on Dec. 31.

"The prosecutor's office has already issued a warning saying that the action was not authorized. Given the existing experience I think that an attempt to hold a rally will be made. The police have been informed, they know about it," head of the Moscow city regional security department Alexei Mayorov told Interfax on Friday.

He said that no exceptions will be made for the opposition in relation to New Year.

The opposition has described as unlawful the decision of the city administration to refuse to allow the rally in Triumfalnaya.

Limonov and his supporters come to Triumfalnaya every month having 31 days. In this way they express support for Article 31 of the constitution guaranteeing the freedom of demonstrations. For three years the city authorities have been declining Limonov's requests.

Every time Limonov and his supporters go to the square hundreds of policemen and Interior Troops await them and detain participants in the unauthorized actions.

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