06MOSCOW12916, KASPAROV’S UNITED CIVIC FRONT OFFICES SEARCHED BY

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06MOSCOW12916 2006-12-13 16:12 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO4223
OO RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #2916 3471612
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 131612Z DEC 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5832
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 012916 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/RUS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/13/2016 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM KDEM PINR RS
SUBJECT: KASPAROV'S UNITED CIVIC FRONT OFFICES SEARCHED BY 
AUTHORITIES 
 
 
Classified By: DCM Daniel A. Russell:  1.4 (b). 
 
1. (C) On December 13, United Civic Front Chairman Garry 
Kasparov confirmed press accounts that police had searched 
his organization's offices the afternoon of December 12. 
Kasparov told us he thought that "intimidation" was the 
purpose of the search, which the police for their part 
described to the media as prompted by a desire to prevent 
"provcations" during a "march of those who don't agree," 
organized by "Other Russia" and planned for December 16 in 
Moscow. 
 
2. (C) Kasparov alleged that the Ministry of Internal Affairs 
representatives had violated both the law and the procedural 
code in their search of his organization's premises.  He 
claimed that some of them had failed to show the proper 
identification and that some of the materials had been 
"illegally" confiscated.  Kasparov's lawyer was filing a 
protest, he said, and it was possible that the matter would 
go to court. 
 
3. (C) Kasparov earlier told us that the December 16 march 
had not been prohibited, as has been reported in the Russian 
press.  He said that "Other Russia's" plans to march through 
the center of Moscow had been verbally rejected by the Moscow 
authorities, who had proposed instead that "Other Russia" 
hold a meeting on a square in central Moscow.  "Other 
Russia," said Kasparov, was insisting that the form of the 
demonstration --a march-- remain unchanged. 
 
4. (C) Kasparov estimated that about three thousand 
representatives, including members of Eduard Limonov's 
National Bolsheviks and Mikhail Kasyanov's Peoples Democratic 
Union, would participate in the march.  "Other Russia" had no 
plans to bus participants in from other regions, he said. 
 
5. (C) On the proposed march, William Smirnov, a Moscow 
professor who cooperates with Yelena Pamfilova's Presidential 
Commission on Human Rights, told us December 13 that the 
authorities remain concerned about any anti-government public 
action. Smirnov recalled the large number of police and 
Internal Affairs troops that had been mustered to control an 
earlier Russian march as an example of continued nervousness 
in Moscow in the wake of Ukraine's Orange Revolution. 
BURNS

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