2008-06-17 14:30:00

Gay Moscovites send new complaint against Luzhkov's ban to Strasbourg court

Moscow, June 17, Interfax - Organizers of the Moscow gay pride parade have sent a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights in Starsbourg, asking to compel the Russian authorities to pay compensation of 30,000 euro for denying them the right to stage an event in June 2007.

"The complaint that we sent to the European Court on Monday is only the first one resulting from a series of banned pickets by sexual minorities in Moscow other than gay pride parades. Currently, other similar complaints are being prepared and are almost ready," Moscow gay pride parade organizer Nikolay Alexeyev told the Interfax-Religion.

The submitted complaint refers to a picket, which sexual minorities expected to stage outside the building of the European Commission's Moscow office in June 2007. Picketers planned to demand that Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov be banned from traveling to the European Union countries.

Moscow authorities have "effectively banned any public event for gays and lesbians in the capital city, which is inconsistent both with the Russian laws and the European Convention on Human Rights," Alexeyev said.

The Strasbourg court already has two complaints against the Moscow authorities' decisions to ban gay pride parades in May 2006 and in May 2007, he said.