2007-01-29 14:42:00

Mayor Luzhkov vows to prevent gay pride parade in Moscow

Moscow, January 29, Interfax - Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has vowed to prevent any gay pride parade in the Russian capital.

Supporters of a gay pride parade, "which can only be defined a satanic act," put pressure on Moscow authorities last year, he said at the 15th Christmas Readings in Moscow on Monday. "We did not allow that parade then, and we would not do that in the future," he said.

Luzhkov thanked Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II for support in withstanding "the unprecedented pressure the Moscow government and the mayor are experiencing from the West."

The mayor regretted that "religious institutions at various levels and secular authorities [of some European countries] bless same-sex marriages, and sexual manuals are made part of the school curriculum from the very first year of school."

"Supporters of such educational projects have emerged in Russia. They are enjoying generous grants from caring Western 'enlighteners'," Luzhkov said. "We think that destructive sects and propaganda of same-sex love are inadmissible. We staunchly oppose drug use and drug trafficking, a terrible crime that so far does not find worthy punishment in our laws," he said.

"It is time to crush criminals with the entire rightful weight of the law instead of falling into the swamp of human rights debates," he said. "We will never give up the fight against chauvinism, intolerance, hatred and violence, because such crimes may have irreparable consequences."