Communists to mark Revolution Day with mass march in Moscow

Two permitted actions will mark the 96th anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 in the center of Moscow on Thursday, Moscow city regional security department head Alexei Mayorov said.

Two permitted actions will mark the 96th anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 in the center of Moscow on Thursday, Moscow city regional security department head Alexei Mayorov said.

"The central event with an up to 5,000-person turnout will be held by the Russian Communist Party. They will march along Tverskaya Street from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and have a rally on Revolution Square from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.," Mayorov told Interfax.

The march will occupy only two lanes of Tverskaya Street, and motor traffic will not be suspended, he said.

"The Union of Soviet Officers will stage an action with a turnout of up to 1,000 on Revolution Square from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.," Mayorov said.

Also, up to 300 citizens will mark the occasion with a rally on Krasnopresnenskaya Zastava Square.

A number of other actions were not permitted and their participants will have to join the aforementioned demonstrations, the department head continued.

"There have been working meetings with the applicants to discuss the actions' procedures and scenarios," Mayorov said.

The Russian Communist Party website announced that the action was aimed at "national consent and support to the State Duma communist faction's initiative calling for the resignation of the Russian government and persons responsible for the failure of the state policy."

The main slogans of the action are "The Government Must Resign" and "A New October [Revolution] is Looming".

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