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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

46,000 Expected to Rally on May Day

Despite forecasts of rain, about 46,000 people are expected to gather in central Moscow for Communist, liberal and trade union rallies on May Day, police said Friday.

The Communists are counting on 15,000 people to show up near the Lenin statue on Kaluzhskaya Ploshchad and then march to the Karl Marx statue near the Bolshoi Theater next Tuesday.

The ultranationalist Movement Against Illegal Immigration plans to join the Communists and bring about 1,000 people, spokesman Alexander Belov said.

United Russia will team up with the Federation of Independent Unions to sponsor a march down Tverskaya Ulitsa and a rally at City Hall. Mikhail Shmakov, chairman of the Federation of Independent Unions, said the march would draw 20,000 people.

The Union of Right Forces and Yabloko will march from Lubyanskaya Ploshchad to Kremlyovskaya Naberezhnaya.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky's Liberal Democratic Party will hold a march from Triumfalnaya Ploshchad down Tverskaya Ulitsa to Pushkin Square.

Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Chekalin said more than 16,000 police officers would be on the streets.

Police will restrict traffic in the city center from 8 a.m. until the rallies are over, sometime after 1 p.m.

Clear skies are forecast for Sunday, while clouds and light rain are expected Monday and Tuesday. The temperature will be around 10 degrees Celsius.