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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Other Russia Gets Permission to Rally

City Hall tentatively agreed Wednesday to a protest in central Moscow on Nov. 24 by a seemingly widening spectrum of frustrated Kremlin opponents.

But organizers vowed to go further and march to the offices of the Central Elections Commission, raising the specter of street clashes just eight days ahead of the Dec. 2 State Duma elections.

The agreement, yet to be signed by Mayor Yury Luzhkov, prohibits any form of marching along city streets, said a City Hall official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

"Any attempt to carry out a march will be dealt with strictly by the law enforcement authorities," the source said.

Alexander Averin, an Other Russia spokesman who had been in negotiations with City Hall on Wednesday afternoon about the logistics of the protest, said he expected around 5,000 participants.

City Hall agreed to 2,000, the source said.

The Other Russia had asked for permission for a demonstration on Pushkin Square followed by a march to the commission headquarters.

Instead, the demonstration will be held at 1 p.m. on Prospekt Akademika Sakharova and the march will begin an hour later, Averin said.

City Hall agreed to the first part but not to the second, the source said, adding that organizers were offered a different march route that they refused.

For the first time, the liberal Union of Right Forces, or SPS, will take part in a so-called Dissenters' March organized by The Other Russia, which is led by world chess champion turned political activist Garry Kasparov.

SPS leaders said Wednesday that the decision to participate was a response to what they say is a Kremlin-orchestrated campaign to bring the party down.

"The systematic repression of our party in recent weeks as we have tried to conduct an honest campaign has been unprecedented," said Boris Nemtsov, member of the SPS federal political committee.

Nemtsov said the authorities had confiscated 15 million copies of the party's campaign newsletter in the space of 24 hours last week.

Anton Bakov, an independent State Duma deputy who is in charge of SPS's election strategy, blamed President Vladimir Putin for "forcing SPS onto the streets."

"Vladimir Putin is personally beating us. But we are not scared. We will not be moved. Go to hell, Mr. Putin," Bakov said.

On Monday, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov will meet with his deputy, Ivan Melnikov, and State Duma deputy Viktor Ilyukhin to discuss the party's possible participation, Ilyukhin said Wednesday.