06 May 2010, 12:05
Embassy of EU country may host Moscow gay pride parade this year, its organizer claims
Moscow, May 6, Interfax – Gay pride organizers will soon apply to the Moscow mayor office for the approval on holding a parade in the capital, the action may take place in the territory of an embassy of the EU countries, the pride organizer Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax.
According to him, organizers are thinking over different options and routes for the action. “Anyway, we’ll make several applications for different variants in downtown Moscow,” he said.
Alexeyev did not exclude a possibility of holding the parade in a territory of an embassy of EU countries as the Moscow city authorities ban the action every year. “We turned to ambassadors of the EU states and ambassadors of Canada, the USA and Australia in Moscow with a request to hold a public action in the territory of the embassy,” he said.
According to him, deputies of national EU parliaments and activists from other European countries are expected to participate in Moscow gay pride.
Representatives of sex minorities make attempts to hold a gay pride parade in downtown Moscow every year, but Moscow authorities regularly refuse to coordinate the approval. Earlier, when unsanctioned actions took place, both participants in them and their opponents were detained.
Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov stated he would not allow a gay pride parade in the Russian capital as he considered it a “Satan action.” “It’s not a theorem, everyone should accept it as axiom,” Luzhkov said in January.
According to him, in struggle with social vices, “it’s high time to give up discussing human rights and direct the whole power and justice of the law against them (vices – IF.)” “We don’t need a liberal carrot but rather a social stick or something like stick,” the Moscow Mayor believes.