12:13 Jul. 12, 2016
2,000 people could attend the rally on July 26, to "protect the freedom of Internet in Russia"
Leonid Volkov, an ally of opposition activist Alexei Navalny, has requested permission from Moscow City Hall to hold a rally against controversial new anti-terror laws.
The request, posted on Volkov's website Monday, says that roughly 2,000 people could attend the rally on the evening of July 26, to "protect the freedom of Internet in Russia" from censorship and surveillance.
If approved, the rally will be held on Slavyanskaya Ploshchad in central Moscow, close to the offices of Russia's Internet and media watchdog Roskomnadzor.
Volkov, the head of the Russian Society for the Protection of the Internet, said that he hoped protesters would be joined by other organizations affected by the new laws.
"This rally will be in defense of the Internet — a meeting of professionals and users, providers, IT and telecom companies — those who were ignored by the State Duma, Federation Council and the President," Volkov told the RBC news site.
A package of amendments to Russian anti-terrorist legislation, put forward by ultraconservative United Russian lawmaker Irina Yarovaya, were signed by President Vladimir Putin last week. Full story