2007-01-16 14:23:00

Moscow Court declines to review ruling banning Gay Pride parade in Moscow

Moscow, January 16, Interfax - The Moscow City Court declined on Tuesday to review the court ruling banning a Gay Pride parade on May 27, 2006, in Moscow, the organizer of the parade, Nikolay Alexeyev, told Interfax.

"Now, by law, we are entitled to appeal to the chairman of the Moscow City Court and then demand that the court ruling be reviewed by way of supervision by the Russian Supreme Court," said Alexeyev.

A formal notice of the parade was given to the Moscow Mayor's Office on May 15, 2006, and it was turned down on May 18.

The decision of the authorities was appealed with the Tverskoy District Court, which upheld the ban the day before the parade. By a ruling dated September 19, issued pursuant to the complaint of the organizers of the parade, the Moscow City Court left the ruling of the district court standing.

Alexeyev also said that a complaint against Russia to the European Human Rights Court was ready and going through its final expert assessment, and that it will be sent to Strasbourg shortly.