2006-05-26 12:03:00

Court bans gay parade in Moscow (updated)

Moscow, May 26, Interfax - The Tverskoy Court has ruled against holding a gay parade in Moscow.

Thus, the court upheld the decision by Moscow authorities banning the holding of a gay parade and rejected the suit of the organizers of the parade, an Interfax correspondent reports.

After the announcement of the verdict, Nikolay Alekseyev, an organizer of the parade, told Interfax that the decision would be appealed with the Moscow City Court. "We will appeal the decision with the Moscow City Court, and if necessary with the European Court of Human Rights," he said.

Despite the court's ruling, the parade will be held, he said. "The parade will be held in another place. The route of the parade will be decided collegially and collectively, and we will keep it secret," Alekseyev said.

The ruling of the Tverskoy Court is illegal, Alekseyev said.

In addition, a lawyer for Alekseyev said that the decision by Moscow authorities to ban the parade was illegal.