Moscow mayor's office confirms plans to negotiate with opposition on Bolotnaya Square rally

The Moscow authorities said they are currently not ready to approve the May 6 opposition march to Bolotnaya Square.

The Moscow mayor's office has approved a rally on Bolotnaya Square on May 6, but the opposition said it will seek the authorization of a march as well.

"I can't say anything now," Alexei Mayorov, the head of the regional security department of the Moscow mayor's office, told Interfax, commenting on the opposition's plans to raise the question about a march in the negotiations with the mayor's office. "We have made all of our proposals. We proceeded from the most we can offer during these May days. They should come to us today. We will talk."

Mayorov recalled that the Moscow administration authorized the opposition rally on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square on May 5 (a march and a rally).

"We were also given the option to hold the rally on Bolotnaya Square between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on May 6," Mayorov said.

The opposition is hoping to convince the Moscow authorities to authorize a march in addition to the rally authorized to be held on Bolotnaya square on May 6.

"I hope negotiations with the mayor's office will take place and we will insist on the format we stated initially," Alexander Ryklin, an organizer of the rally, editor-in-chief of Yezhednevny Zhurnal, and a member of the political council of the movement Solidarnost, told Interfax.

Ryklin said the organizational committee of the rally is ready to discuss various routes of the march to Bolotnaya Square, including on Bolshaya Polyanka and Pyatnitskaya streets.

"A march is a matter of principle to us," he said.

Ryklin said the negotiations with the Moscow mayor's office are scheduled for Monday evening.

Mayorov earlier told Interfax the Moscow mayor's office had authorized a rally on Bolotnaya Square on May 6, but not a march.

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