2010-02-08 15:06:00

New St. Petersburg ombudsman not against gay pride parades

St. Petersburg, February 8, Interfax - St. Petersburg human rights ombudsman Alexey Kozyrev says gay pride parades could be conducted in St. Petersburg.

Kozyrev recalled that Russian legislation gives people the right to freedom of assembly and marches and envisions gender equality, including for people of non-traditional sexual orientation. "If there is a right, why not hold it [a gay pride parade]," Kozyrev said.

Kozyrev said he believes the Moscow authorities are too tough on the idea of conducting a gay pride parade in Moscow. "It seems to me that Moscow is fighting to its own detriment," he said.