2012-12-05 18:15:00

Sexual minorities contest Moscow authorities' ban on gay pride parades in Strasbourg

Moscow, December 5, Interfax - Russian activists campaigning for the rights of sexual minorities have contested the Moscow authorities' decision to ban gay pride parades in Moscow for 100 years in the European Court of Human Rights, Moscow gay pride parade organizer Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax on Wednesday.

According to earlier reports, gay pride parade organizers on August 23 filed with the Moscow government and the Moscow Main Interior Affairs Department (GUVD) notifications of their intention to hold gay pride parades in 2012 and the next 100 years. The organizers said they intended to hold the events in the Moscow Bolotnaya Square.

Having considered the documents, the Moscow government declined to authorize the gay pride parades for the next 100 years, citing possible unrest and the opinion of the majority of citizens, who oppose such events.

The Moscow Tver District Court upheld the ban on gay pride parades on January 19, 2012. The Moscow City Court upheld the decision on June 6. The organizers then filed a cassation appeal, seeking a retrial of the case in the Moscow City Court presidium. Their claim was declined on August 16.