2010-05-31 16:48:00

Jewish community of Russia denies rights of sexual minorities to make their life style public

Moscow, May 31, Interfax - The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) dismisses an attempt of the Moscow gay pride parade organizers to present the event as a demonstration to protect human rights.

"Today, the Russian society does not seem ready to accept such parades; the participants' behavior may result in outbursts of violence in Moscow streets. Therefore, such gay parade looks more like a provocative action than the demonstration to protect human rights," FJCR President Alexander Boroda told Monday to an Interfax-Religion correspondent.

He noted that "the rights can be efficiently protected in courts," and said that the core motivation of organizers which made them hold such events was their "wish to get publicity in media gaining doubtful profile and promotion."

Boroda highlighted that the Jewish community "is in no case willing to oppose any democratic rights, including the right to hold demonstrations," but organizers and participants of gay parades "insist on public demonstration of their life style" - however, "normal people prefer to conceal their private and family lives from others."

Boroda acknowledged that anyone had the right to publicly express his/her opinion, but there were exceptions to this rule, and some intimate issues should not be made public.