2011-05-20 10:01:00

Moscow authorities ban gay pride parade on May 28

Moscow, May 20, Interfax - Moscow authorities have rejected an application from the mother of gay community leader Nikolay Alexeyev for staging a gay pride parade and a rally in support of tolerance towards and respect for the rights and freedoms of homosexual people in Russia.

"We have just received a call from the city hall and been told about its decision not to allow the rallies planned on May 28," Alexeyev told Interfax.

The decision was motivated by the fears of city officials that the gay rallies will prompt public protests and could lead to mass disturbances, he said.

"Today, as soon as we receive a formal reply, we will file a complaint with the Tverskoy court of Moscow, which apparently will be considered along with our yesterday's complaint against the decision to ban the rallies in Bolotnaya Square," said the representative of Russia's sexual minorities.