Install

Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3 Demonstrations Planned for April 14

April 14 is shaping up to be a busy day in central Moscow, as three separate groups plan to hold large demonstrations near the Kremlin.

State Duma Deputy Dmitry Rogozin said Thursday that he would lead a 1,500-strong march against illegal immigration on Saturday the 14th, the same day opposition coalition The Other Russia has vowed to march in defiance of a ban from City Hall.

Despite the close proximity of the events -- immediately north and south of the Kremlin -- Rogozin said he was not concerned about possible confrontations between his supporters and activists taking part in the so-called Dissenters' March.

Rogozin said nationalist and ultranationalist groups, including the Congress of Russian Communities, the Movement Against Illegal Immigration and the National Students' Union had applied for a permit to gather on Bolotnaya Ploshchad at 2 p.m., two hours later than the planned start of the Dissenters' March.

"Besides, we don't have any disagreements with them," Rogozin said of The Other Russia, which includes Garry Kasparov's United Civil Front, Eduard Limonov's unregistered National Bolshevik Party and former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's Popular Democratic Union.

National Bolshevik spokesman Alexander Averin also dismissed concerns about clashes with those taking part in Rogozin's event. "We will be meeting so far from each other that it's nearly impossible," he said.

Organizers of the Dissenters' March applied for a permit to march from Pushkin Square down Tverskaya Ulitsa to Teatralnaya Ploshchad, but the city turned them down. A district court upheld the city's decision earlier this week, but organizers have vowed to defy the ban.

This could bring them into direct conflict with the pro-Kremlin youth group Young Guard, which has been granted a permit for 15,000 activists to march on Tverskaya that Saturday.

Young Guard spokesman Vadim Zharko confirmed that 15,000 activists were expected to hit the streets, but declined to provide further details. He said he hoped that clashes with other marchers would not occur.

"But the people taking part in the other protests are our political opponents," he said.

A statement posted on Kasparov.ru, a web site devoted to the United Civil Front and its leader, states that The Other Russia's application was rejected because Young Guard had already reserved Tverskaya. City official Anatoly Shilyakov said Young Guard had applied "one minute" before The Other Russia, the statement says.

"In reality, we submitted our application before them," Averin said. "This is a provocation by the authorities, but we are not afraid, and we will not take the bait. We will walk calmly past the Young Guard activists."

Although the anti-immigration march will be held across the Moscow River from the Kremlin, Rogozin said he was concerned that Young Guard activists could try to provoke a confrontation with his own supporters.