Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov (L) speaks during a pre-election rally for party presidential candidate Pavel Grudinin (C) in Moscow on March 10, 2018. (AFP Photo)
MOSCOW, March 10 (Xinhua) -- About 700 people participated in an authorized rally organized by the Russian Communist Party on Saturday, calling for a fair and transparent presidential election.
The rally was held at Revolution Square in downtown Moscow. There was no violation of public order, the Interior Ministry's Moscow department said in a press release.
The Communist Party's presidential candidate Pavel Grudinin and leader Gennady Zyuganov addressed the gathering.
The presidential election will be held on March 18, when eight candidates will contest the once-in-six-year race.
According to a February survey conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center, Grudinin had the support of nearly 7.5 percent of the public, the second highest after President Vladimir Putin, who enjoyed 69.5 percent support. Putin's party is United Russia.