On Manezhnaya Square, they are preparing for the agreed action “We don’t leave our own”
They have been talking about the event for several days already – the rally-concert was scheduled for September 23, the day the referendums in Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions begin.
Sergei Sobyanin, announcing the action the other day, called it “socially significant.” The organizer was the All-Russian public movement “People’s Front “For Russia””.
How wrote “Lenta.ru”, the event “will be attended by representatives of public associations, political parties, national-cultural autonomies, civil activists, as well as artists Yulia Chicherina, Vladimir Mashkov, Alexander Sklyar and Shaman.” Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov today addedthat Putin will not be at the action: he is busy with affairs in the Kremlin, today there will be an operational meeting with the Security Council.
By noon, the center of Moscow, where the action will take place, began to block. In the area of Teatralnaya Square, everything is already fenced off, there are frames, security forces are on duty, paddy wagons are parked. Deptrans warned that today it is possible to temporarily restrict the operation of entrances and exits at metro stations – which ones are not specified. They explained the restrictions by the fact that a large passenger flow is expected.
Employees of public institutions and students meanwhile tellthat they are actively invited to take part in the rally. According to some, attending the rally during work/school hours is promised not to be counted as absenteeism.
Similar actions are taking place today in other Russian cities.