2007-06-09 17:06:00

Moscow gay parade organizer fined

Moscow, June 9, Interfax - An organizer of a gay parade in Moscow, Nikolay Alexeyev, who was fined by a Moscow magistrate court 1,000 rubles on Saturday, intends to appeal the verdict.

"The court session looked like a farce. The judge refused to admit photo and video evidence proving that we had not disturbed law and order," he said.

Alexeyev said that the results of the farce were only natural and that he wouldn't pay the fine and would appeal the ruling with the Moscow Tverskoy District Court.

He considers his detention during the May 27 action in support of the rights of sex minorities illegal.

Alexeyev left the courtroom in protest against the way his case was being tried.

The gay parade organizers were charged with disobeying policemen in a traffic zone.

Yesterday, another gay parade organizer, leader of the Russian Radical organization Nikolay Khramov, was fined 1,000 rubles on similar charges.