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City Hall plans to turn down a petition by Muslim activists to hold a rally "against Islamophobia and Caucasus-phobia" on Manezh Square, a Moscow security official said.

The area "doesn't have the conditions for holding mass actions," the city's regional security department head Alexei Mayorov said, adding that an official ruling would be issued later, Interfax reported.

Rally organizers said in their petition, filed Monday, that they expected the event to attract 1 million people, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported.


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