About 150,000 citizens to join May Day events in Moscow - official

Up to 150,000 citizens will participate in May Day marches and rallies at 13 venues in Moscow, said head of the Regional Security and Anti-Corruption Department Alexei Mayorov.

Up to 150,000 citizens will participate in May Day marches and rallies at 13 venues in Moscow, said head of the Regional Security and Anti-Corruption Department Alexei Mayorov.

He said a trade union march in Red Square will be the most massive event. "The trade unions said about 100,000 people will participate," Mayorov said.

Trade union activists will gather on Vasilyevsky Spusk and walk along Red Square to Lubyanskaya Square, he said, noting that, "the march is expected to last until noon."

"A rostrum will be set up in Red Square, from which trade union leaders will greet the marchers," he said.

By tradition, Communist party members - about 5,000 - will hold their own march from Kaluzhskaya Square to Teatralnaya Square. A rally will be held near the monument to Karl Marx. The communists' events will begin at 11:30 a.m. and last until 2:30 p.m.

The Liberal-Democratic Party will hold a rally of its own on Pushkinskaya Square to last from noon until 3 p.m. About 3,000 activists are expected to gather.

A Just Russia Party is organizing a march of up to 3,000 participants to start from Trubnaya Square at 9 a.m. and to proceed along the Boulevard Ring to Pushkinskaya Square. "The rally will be held near Pushkinskaya Square to end at 11 a.m.," Mayorov said.

"Patriots will hold two actions on May 1," he went on to say.

One of them will begin at 1 p.m. near Oktyabrskoye Polye metro and end at 4 p.m.. About 2,000 people are expected to march along Marshal Vasilyevsky street.

The second march is to proceed along Pererva Street to the Soldier of Fatherland monument at an intersection with Lyublinskaya Street. The event will begin at 3 p.m. and last until 6:30 p.m.. About 5,000 people are expected to join it.

"All of the above-mentioned marches and rallies, except events being organized by the Liberal-Democratic Party, will require the closure of traffic, therefore drivers are recommended to check the traffic police's recommendations and choose detour routes in advance," Mayorov warned.

"May Day events will be held at 13 venues. The other events will not require traffic closures," he said.

Up to 150,000 citizens are expected to join events in Moscow on May 1.

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