Moscow police say 75,000 take part in People's Unity Day march

A People's Unity Day march began on Moscow's central Tverskaya Street on Tuesday afternoon.

A People's Unity Day march began on Moscow's central Tverskaya Street on Tuesday afternoon.

Columns representing political parties are marching from Pushkinskaya Square towards Teatralny Proyezd where a rally will be held, an Interfax correspondent reports. There are supporters of United Russia, the Russian Communist Party, the Liberal Democratic Party and A Just Russia amongst the march's participants.

The march has been joined by public organizations as well. People are carrying signs which read, "We Will Not Give In", "Novorossiya! We Are Together", "We Await People's Unity" and "Nothing Is Impossible When We Are United."

The Moscow city police reported the turnout of about 75,000 in the People's Unity Day march on Tverskaya.

The action was organized by State Duma deputy Alexander Karelin, writer Yuri Bondarev, Just Assistance charity fund Director Yelizaveta Glinka, surgeon Sergei Gotye, artist Vasily Nesterenko, Russian People's Front Central Staff Cochairman Stanislav Govorukhin and others. Members of parliamentary and non-parliamentary parties and religious and ethnic communities were invited to join the march.

In the meantime, nationalists are holding a march in southeastern Moscow. The so-called Russian March is moving along Pererva Street. The march's route is cordoned off by the police. The action participants are carrying traditional black-yellow-white flags and chanting, "One for All and All for One" and "Down with Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code". No incidents have been reported during the action.

Russkiye nationalist movement leader Dmitry Demushkin told Interfax the Russian March organizers had estimated the turnout at approximately 10,000. "The number has almost halved this year, to 10,000. We explain that with the Ukrainian issue, which has driven a certain wedge," Demushkin said.

In his words, radicalized nationalists and a large part of Novorossiya's supporters chose not to attend the action this year.

The Moscow police department said that about 2,000 persons were taking part in the Russian March in Lyublino. "Approximately 2,000 persons are participating in the march along Pererva Street," the department said.

Another nationalist action is being held in northwestern Moscow. "A march has begun from the Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station. About 1,500 people are participating in it," the city police said.

According to the Moscow City Hall, the application for the action with a turnout of up to 5,000 was coordinated by Nikolai Tishin.

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