Some 35,000 taking part in Anti-Maidan march in Moscow

The members of the Anti-Maidan movement held a march in central Moscow on Saturday.

The main motto of the event is 'One Year of Maidan. Won't Forget and Won't Forgive!'. Moscow police estimated the number of participants at 35,000.

"About 35,000 people are taking part in a procession from Petrovka Street toward Revolution Square within the framework of the Anti-Maidan action," the Moscow city police department said on its website on Saturday.

The number of participants in the procession is significantly larger than that indicated in the application previously agreed upon with the city hall, but the organizers will not be sanctioned, as the participants are not violating public order, Alexei Mayorov, the chief of the Moscow city hall's regional security and anti-corruption department, told Interfax.

"According to the organizers and the law enforcement agencies, the number of participants in the action exceeds that stated in the application," he said.

"We have an explanation by the Supreme Court, which ruled that sanctions can be applied if the number of participants in an event is higher than that previously agreed upon and this poses a threat to people's lives or health or causes damage to city infrastructure. We haven't had any incidents or excesses during the event so far. There is no reason so far to talk about any penalties," Mayorov said.

An Interfax correspondent reported from the scene that a column of marchers moved toward the planned venue of a rally.

The Anti-Maidan movement was set up at the beginning of 2015. Its founders and supporters have declared their determination to prevent the replay of the Ukrainian events in Russia.

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