Pro-Kremlin youth to flex muscle during Russia vote
Around 15,000 pro-Kremlin youth will rally in Moscow during upcoming legislative elections to ward off "provocation" by opposition groups, the movement said Wednesday.
Elections to the national parliament, the Duma, take place on Sunday and the Nashi (Ours) youth movement, a political force with open Kremlin backing, said its militants would gather in Moscow on the day of the vote and the following two days.
"According to our information, troublemakers are planning to come to Moscow on these days," said the movement which sprang up in support of former president and now Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
"So on December 4, 5, and 6, during the legislative elections, up to 15,000 youths will rally," Nashi said. "If there is any attempt at provocation, these people will be neutralised."
It said it was planning a major rally on Nonday at Manezh square, next to Red Square and near the Kremlin walls and would be on the look-out for action by radical opposition groups such as Solidarnost, which has called for a boycott of the vote.
Some 110 million eligible voters are called on to elect 450 deputies to the Duma in Sunday's poll expected to be won by Putin's party but without the two-thirds majority its now holds in the lower house, according to polls.
© 2011 AFP