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Officials revoke permission to organize Moscow’s first ever gay pride event

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Just weeks after organizers had been told they would be permitted to hold the first ever gay pride parade in the Russian capital, Moscow authorities on Tuesday rejected their application, citing a risk of public disorder.

Nikolai Alexeyev told The Associated Press on Tuesday he had received a letter from the deputy mayor saying the rally — planned for May 28 near the Kremlin — had been outlawed.

“Moscow city government considers it is justified in not permitting the announced event to go ahead,” said the letter, according to Alexeyev.

Moscow authorities said they received letters from officials and members of religious and Cossack groups telling them to ban the event and threatening protests in retaliation, reported AFP.

Previous attempts to stage gay rights rallies have been suppressed in major Russian cities, with Moscow’s former mayor Yury Luzhkov once calling homosexuality “satanic.”

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21 more reader comments:

  1. How sad :(

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:18pm
  2. they should be rebuked by Clinton!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:19pm
  3. :( oh noo. Uncool.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:20pm
  4. Jerks.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:20pm
  5. :/ sucks

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:22pm
  6. In Russia, permission revokes you

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:23pm
  7. Wow, really? Russia it’s time to join the 21st century!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:23pm
  8. SAD

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:23pm
  9. *holds a secret moscow pride for them*

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:29pm
  10. Well, I sure hope they re-consider by then. I don’t see why local police can’t offer protection while they march. I thought they were there to protect all citizens.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:29pm
  11. Fuckers dat rediculous. Damn hatin ass bitches

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:34pm
  12. You’d be surprised how much sway the Orthodox church holds in the Russian government.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:36pm
  13. Booooooooooooooooo!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:46pm
  14. Ugh soo mean! Wtf? Dum hateing Russia

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:47pm
  15. BOOOOOOOOO, LAME!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:54pm
  16. Again?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 11:05pm
  17. Awful.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 11:29pm
  18. oh wow :

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 11:54pm
  19. come to the US

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 11:54pm
  20. Nikolai will have a parade anyway! Go Moscow Pride!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 7:37am
  21. They just held a very sucessful parade in St. Petersburg today though, congratz!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 7:47am