2007-02-06 13:41:00

Ban on gay pride parade appealed again with Moscow court

Moscow, February 6, Interfax - Organizers of the gay pride parade in Moscow have again appealed the Moscow City Court's previous ruling banning their action.

"This is our last step before we refer the case to the Supreme Court. Given our plans to complain to the European Court, we find it correct for the verdict, which we'll appeal in Strasbourg, to be given an assessment by the Supreme Court," an organizer, Nikolay Alexeyev, told Interfax on Tuesday.

But if the Supreme Court upholds the decision to ban the gay pride parade, "only the European Court will be able to restore justice and law," he said, noting that representatives of sex minorities do not doubt the European Court's objectivity.

The organizers plan to hold a march exactly a year after the previous gay pride parade was held on May 27, 2007.

In late January, the organizers filed an official complaint against Russia with the European Court of Human Rights, demanding a 20,000 euro cash compensation.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, speaking at the 15th Christmas Educational Readings in Moscow recently, described gay parades as a "satanic act" and said he would never allow it to be held. The mayor thanked Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia for support in withstanding the "unprecedented pressure" being put on him and the Moscow authorities "from all sides from the West."