Moscow mayor candidate planning protest rallies in Moscow prior to election results - police

The Moscow police department has information that the headquarters of a Moscow mayoral candidate has begun preparations for protest rallies over the election results, a spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry's Main Department for Moscow told Interfax.

The Moscow police department has information that the headquarters of a Moscow mayoral candidate has begun preparations for protest rallies over the election results, a spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry's Main Department for Moscow told Interfax.

"The Russian Interior Ministry's Main Department for Moscow has information that the headquarters of a Moscow mayoral candidate is preparing to hold protest rallies over the election results before the election results arrive," the spokesman said.

The spokesman, who didn't name the candidate, said the alleged protests were planned for September 8-9. He said the candidate's campaign committee was organizing the transportation of people to Moscow from other parts of Russia to participate in them and their accommodation in rented apartments.

"The Moscow police call upon the population to avoid taking part in unsanctioned rallies and other unsanctioned events. Measures based on Russian legislation will be taken against all those who break the rules concerning mass events," the spokesman said.

He added that police were checking financial records seized from a publishing house in the north of Moscow on Thursday. "Senior managers of that publishing house were summoned to give evidence. The procedure is part of an investigation into a statement by one of the mayoral candidates about violations of legislation in the production of agitation material," he said.

According to earlier reports, on Thursday operatives of the police department for economic security and corruption prevention searched a facility that had been printing campaign literature for two mayoral candidates - opposition activist Alexei Navalny and Communist candidate Ivan Melnikov.

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