Moscow City Hall confirms permission to hold opposition march on Sept 21

The Moscow city authorities have pledged administrative liability for the September 21 march organizers if signs to be carried by march participants differ from what is declared in the application filed with the City Hall.

The Moscow city authorities have pledged administrative liability for the September 21 march organizers if signs to be carried by march participants differ from what is declared in the application filed with the City Hall.

"If anyone insists on slogans inconsistent with the action's purpose, if any of the organizers insists, and the organizers fail to take relevant measures, both may face administrative liability for violating the declared goals and procedure of this action," head of the Moscow City Hall's regional security and anti-corruption department Alexei Mayorov told Interfax on Thursday.

He confirmed the permission to hold the opposition action on September 21.

"The application filed by the organizers mentioned the following purpose of their action: to express and form public opinion about violations of human rights, laws, the constitution and international commitments of the Russian Federation and international legal norms and to demand their observation," Mayorov said.

The opposition said the upcoming action would be dedicated to the events evolving in Ukraine. The opposition will march from Pushkinskaya Square to Sakharov Avenue on September 21 with the consent of the authorities. The application said up to 50,000 people would take part in the action. The holding of a demonstration is not planned.

Mayorov said they would have to suspend traffic on some streets for the period of the action and that might complicate traffic conditions.

Opposition activist Sergei Davidis told Interfax the Moscow City Hall called him on Thursday morning and said that the request to hold the September 21 march had been granted.

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