Participants of a rally in the Marino district of Moscow, which gathered no more than 4,000 people, according to police, and around 8,000, according to its organizers, have started leaving the venue after a concluding speech by the opposition activist Alexei Navalny, an Interfax correspondent reported on Sunday.
"I know, there are many jokes here on the subject of us going to Marino to see Navalny. Be in no doubt: I will come to your areas, if need be. We will go to where we should and make sure that sooner or later whoever wants to rally can do so in the center of any Russian city. All this belongs to us," Navalny said.
At present, the main struggle is taking place not between political rivals, but between those who believe change is possible and those who are certain that nothing can be changed, he said.
"Those who are not afraid to go to a rally will outdo those sitting like bed bugs in their cracks. Our mission is to fight those who do not believe," he stressed.
In addition, Navalny demanded questioning of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov over the murder of Boris Nemtsov, and Pskov governor Andrei Turchak over the assault on journalist Oleg Kashin.
For his part, senior PARNAS Party member Ilya Yashin said that, "although resistance is dangerous, and those who resist get killed like Boris Nemtsov and locked up like Andrei Pivovarov, and beaten, nothing is more important than resistance." Yashin urged the opposition not to leave Russia but "hold the blow and pursue their line."
Human rights campaigner and journalist Zoya Svetova spoke in support of political prisoners who "are locked up only because of our irreplaceable government and our judges serving this government."
Younger brother of Alexei, Oleg Navalny, who is currently in prison, made contact by telephone and urged everyone to remain firm, even though there is "something to be upset about" after the opposition's failure in Kostroma.
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