Some 15,000 users of social media sites plan to join opposition march in Moscow
As many as 15,000 users of social networking websites have announced their readiness to take part in a procession the Russian opposition plans to stage in central Moscow in protest over the so-called anti-Magnitsky Act law, which bans U.S. citizens from adopting Russian children.
"Let's tell the truth. At a certain point we grew tired of attending actions that resemble each other, saying I don't have time, I am not feeling well, others will go. But it is a different thing today" says a statement posted on the Vkontakte social networking site.
More than 13,000 Vkontakte users have already announced plans to join the procession, and another 14,500 said that they could participate in it.
Invitations to the opposition march were also sent to Facebook users, but only 2,500 of them have announced plans to attend it. Another 1,000 people said they could join it, and over 13,500 invitations remain unconfirmed.
On January 9, the Moscow authorities allowed the opposition to stage a procession from Strastnoi Boulevard to Academician Sakharov Avenue.
Journalist Alexander Ryklin, one of the action organizers, told Interfax that the opposition had no plans to hold a rally afterwards.
The march is expected to start at 1:00 p.m. on January 13.