2009-05-18 10:27:00

Moscow police detained dozens of gay parade participants, including organizer

Moscow, May 18, Interfax - Nikolay Alexeyev, a prominent activist of the gay movement in Russia, his close associate Nikolay Bayev and 23 more people were detained in the Vorobyovy Gory district in southwestern Moscow on Saturday for an attempt to organize a gay parade, a law enforcement source told Interfax.

Representatives of Moscow sex minorities had announced earlier that their unsanctioned demonstration would take place in Novopushkinsky Park in central Moscow.

An Interfax correspondent reported from the scene that a large number of foreign reporters from the Netherlands, Norway, Greece, and other countries had gathered there. Police have cordoned off the park and put metal bars around it. A number of trucks with Interior Forces soldiers on board are parked along nearby streets.