2007-06-20 14:31:00

Orthodox youth wants Moscow govt to bar gays from Plevna Memorial

Moscow, June 20, Interfax - The Moscow government's Committee for Public and Religious Organizations is considering a plan to fence off the Plevna Heroes Memorial, Diana Romanovskaya, spokesperson for the Orthodox youth movement Georgiyevtsy, told Interfax on Wednesday.

"We are determined to get a fence put up around the memorial's chapel and draw the attention of the public and political forces to the miserable state the memorial is in - the fact it is regularly profaned by homosexuals - and to prevent gay pride parades in Moscow," she said.

The Georgiyevtsy announced in early June that they would patrol Ilyinka Garden near the memorial where gays regularly gather, and persuade them not to.

Members of the movement gave a news conference near the memorial on Wednesday to declare the three main goals of the action.