2013-05-14 11:53:00

Mayor's Office says no gay parade in Moscow

Moscow, May 14, Interfax - The Moscow Mayor's Office said it did not plan to allow sexual minorities to hold a march in Moscow on May 25.

"From our point of view, holding such events in the city is not necessary," head of the Moscow city administration's regional security department Alexey Mayorov told Interfax on Tuesday.

Mayorov said that the event organizers would be officially informed of the Mayor's Office decision on May 15.

The official said sexual minorities have filed requests to hold pickets, a rally and a march in late May with the Moscow Mayor's Office. "We are considering everything," Mayorov said.

A request for holding a gay parade in the Russian capital on May 25 was submitted to the Moscow Mayor's Office on May 13. Parade organizer, Nikolay Alexeyev, said that the event would be held as a march and a rally.

In the past years, the authorities banned all of the requests of sexual minorities to conduct public events.

On March 14, Mayorov told Interfax that gay parades in Moscow were unwanted.

"Firstly, it will be a criminally and socially dangerous event: people from other organizations will come and there will 100% be a conflict," he said.