2012-04-24 16:57:00

Gay pride to be held in Moscow again on May 27

Moscow, April 24, Interfax - Gays plan to hold a pride in Moscow late in May, founder of Moscow gay prides movement Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax.

"Notifications addressed to Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin will be submitted in mid-May. The main theme of the action will be legislative bans of gay propaganda in Russia," Alexeyev said.

According to him, the action is timed for the 19th anniversary of abolishing criminal prosecution for homosexual relations in Russia.

"The city authorities will have another chance to fulfill the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, which accepted that bans on gay prides in Moscow violate provisions of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. In case of the next ban, this question will surely be considered at a session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in early June," the activist said.

He stressed that participants in the action won't insist on any concrete platform for the meeting and are ready to discuss different variants with authorities.

"However, if authorities don't suggest anything, then we will hold our events without their approval and turn for the protection to the judicial bodies of the European Court of Human Rights," Alexeyev said.

He reminded that Moscow authorities had banned gay prides for six years.