Supporters of Lyubov Sobol, a candidate for the upcoming Moscow City Duma elections, are calling for a protest to be held in Moscow on Saturday, July 20. Protesters seek to denounce the rejection of Sobol's candidacy in the elections and to call on election officials to include opposition candidates on the ballot for the upcoming local election. Protesters are expected to gather at 19:00 (local time) in Trubnaya square.
A heightened security presence is likely around the demonstration site; clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out. Further protests are likely in the coming days and weeks in Moscow.
Similar protests were held in July 14 and July 15 in Moscow following a decision by the Moscow City Election Committee to exclude opposition candidates from the September 8 city council election. The police have reportedly arrested some demonstrators.
Individuals in Moscow are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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