2011-02-24 10:02:00

Sexual minorities preparing pride parade in Moscow in May

Moscow, February 24, Interfax - The organizers of gay pride parades in Moscow will make another attempt to gain permission from city authorities to hold such an action in May.

"We intend to file notification with Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin on holding a procession in support for tolerant attitudes toward, and observance of the rights and freedoms of, people of homosexual orientation in Russia," Nikolay Alexeyev, the parade chief organizer, told Interfax.

The gay pride parade in Moscow is planned for May 28 this year.

The parade organizers are expecting a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights on an appeal by Russian authorities against its ruling finding that forbidding three gay pride parades in Moscow in 2006-2008 was unlawful.

The European Court of Human Rights' First Section ruled on October 21, 2010 that the bans on gay pride parades in Moscow violated three articles of the European Convention on Human Rights and obliged Russia to pay the organizers nearly 30,000 euro in compensation for non-pecuniary damages and legal costs and expenses, he said.

The Moscow city authorities have denied the gay rights activists five parades and other mass events in the past five years.

Moscow Mayor said recently that he did not support the idea of gay pride parades and similar events being held in the capital.

"I have my own attitude toward this issue. I believe Moscow does not need this," he said.