2013-09-19 10:02:00

Russian court upholds ban on planned LGBT events

Yaroslavl, Russia, Interfax - The court of the Kostroma region has upheld a ban by a lower court on two planned events in defense of lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) rights.

The regional court rejected an appeal from Nikolay Alexeyev, founder of Moscow gay pride parades, against the ban, ordered by a district court in the city of Kostroma, and would publish its ruling within five days, regional court spokeswoman Yulia Medvedeva told Interfax.

LGBT activists had applied for permission for a procession in Kostroma on May 19 and a rally the next day to protest a local law banning the promotion of homosexuality among minors. The city administration allowed the events on condition that the organizers choose sites for them on the city's outskirts.

The organizers accepted this, but on May 16 Mayor Viktor Yemets banned both planned events, and a district court upheld the mayor's decision on June 6.