Moscow authorities ready to coordinate opposition action of Jan 13

Moscow authorities are ready to coordinate an opposition march against the so-called "anti-Magnitsky law" on Jan. 13.

"We are ready to discuss the issue. I do not think we will have to negotiate for long. There will be a meeting and a detailed discussion of the action's procedure," head of the Moscow administration's regional security department Alexei Mayorov told Interfax on Wednesday.

Action co-organizer, opposition activist and journalist Alexander Ryklin told Interfax earlier that the opposition agreed to follow the route suggested by the Moscow administration: from Strastnoi Boulevard to Academician Sakharov Avenue.

"There will be room for their 20,000 people there," Mayorov said, referring to the number of action participants declared by the organizers.

"That would be a march without a rally," Ryklin told Interfax.

The Moscow administration said earlier in the day it was prepared to meet with opposition activists to coordinate the route of the march protesting against the "anti-Magnitsky law."

"I do not foresee any problems. I think we can coordinate the route and the action will take place," Mayorov told Interfax.

"They want to hold their action. We have offered them two options and we are ready to discuss them," Mayorov said. The first route goes along Frunzenskaya Embankment from the Krymsky Bridge to Luzhniki, and the second goes from Strastnoi Boulevard to Academician Sakharov Avenue.

The route must be coordinated three days before the action. "The route needs to be coordinated today," the source told Interfax.

The opposition notified the Moscow authorities of its intention to hold a march on Jan. 13 to protest against "the anti-Magnitsky law." Initially, the opposition wished to march down from the Belarussky railroad terminal to Okhotny Ryad.

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