2013-07-23 12:42:00

Court upholds ban of May gay parade in Moscow

Moscow, July 23, Interfax - Moscow's Tverskoy Court has upheld the ban of the gay pride parade planned to be held in May in Moscow, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement activist Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax.

"Moscow's Tverskoy District Court has upheld the ban by Moscow authorities to hold marches and rallies planned for the Moscow gay pride parade scheduled for May 25-26, 2013," Alexeyev said.

The parade organizers intend to appeal the verdict in the Moscow City Court and are ready to go to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) after that. "We intend to appeal the verdict of the Tverskoy District Court in the Moscow City Court, after that we will file a complaint with the ECHR if needed," Alexeyev said.

LGBT activists tried to hold a parade in Moscow on May 25 - some of them were detained at Tverskaya Square and others near the State Duma and Moscow Mayor's Office.