Opposition plans next march in Moscow on day when court hands down sentence on Navalny

Russian opposition groups may hold the next mass demonstration in Moscow on the day when a court is supposed to hand down a sentence on prominent activist Alexei Navalny, who is being tried on charges of involvement in embezzlement at the state-run timber company Kirovles.

Russian opposition groups may hold the next mass demonstration in Moscow on the day when a court is supposed to hand down a sentence on prominent activist Alexei Navalny, who is being tried on charges of involvement in embezzlement at the state-run timber company Kirovles.

"In my view, the next action should be held at the moment when a sentence is proclaimed on Alexei Navalny, not sooner," Pyotr Tsarkov, an activist of the Solidarity group and an organizer of the Wednesday opposition march in Moscow, told Interfax.

"We are waiting for the outcome of the court hearing in the Alexei Navalny case," Tsarkov said, adding that it is for the organizing committee to decide on the demonstration's date and format.

Opposition groups marched in central Moscow on Wednesday. "According to our estimations, about 30,000 people gathered for the demonstration," Tsarkov said.

Police said there were about 6,000 participants.

Republican Party-PARNAS leader Vladimir Ryzhkov told Interfax the next opposition demonstration is likely to be organized in the fall.

"It is unlikely that anyone will do anything in the summer, as a lot of people are actively involved in the upcoming elections and will be preparing for them," he said.

"It is necessary to win the people's support and not to disperse resources now," he said.

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