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Russian court upholds ban on gay pride in Moscow for the next 100 years

Friday, June 8, 2012

MOSCOW — The Moscow City Court on Wednesday upheld a district court’s decision to ban gay parades in Moscow for the next 100 years, dismissing an appeal by the LGBT advocacy group, “Moscow Pride/Gay Russia.”

Earlier, the Tverskoy district court ruled that a decision by the Moscow municipal government to ban gay pride parades from March 2012 till May 2112, was lawful.

The ban came after gay rights activists in Moscow submitted requests on August 23, to the City Hall to hold gay rallies up until 2112.

The activists sought to use a loophole in the law that only determines the deadline for submitting rally applications (no later than 30-45 days before the event), but does not state how far in advance events can be submitted.

Nikolay Alekseyev, one of the leaders of the Russian LGBT community and organizer of gay pride events, told LGBTQ Nation that he intended to appeal the decision in the Moscow City Court Presidium, and that if the highest Russian instance also rules against him, to address the European Court of Human Rights.

Russia is a signatory nation to the European Human Rights Charter and Declaration.

Alexeyev won the first ever case at the European Court of Human Rights on LGBT human rights violations in Russia. In October 2010, the Court issued a verdict affirming that the 164 bans on gay pride marches and events between 2006 and 2008 were in violation of the constitutionally protected right to freedom of assembly.

In April 2011, the ECHR decision in Alekseyev v. Russia came into force after the Russian government lost its appeal in Strasbourg.

“They refuse our requests every time, but in Strasbourg they recognize these rulings as unlawful. But time does not stand still, we ask for a new event and again they refuse us,” Alekseyev noted.

“It’s a matter of grave concern that Moscow’s municipal government has again marginalized the city’s gay community,” said Jasmine O’Connor, a spokesperson for Stonewall UK. “It’s another sign of the dire situation for Russia’s 8.5 million lesbian, gay and bisexual people, whose human rights are routinely abused by the government and police.”

“We’ll continue to press the British government to do all it can to confront homophobic human rights abuses worldwide,” O’Connor said.

In May, a total of 40 people, mostly gay rights activists, were detained in Moscow after they attempted to hold two demonstrations demanding the right to hold a gay pride parade in the Russian capital city.

A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department deferred comment, and instead referenced a statement released in February regarding the American position on LGBT rights in the Russian Federation:

“We are concerned by proposed local legislation in Russia that would severely restrict freedoms of expression and assembly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and indeed all Russians. [...] We have called on Russian officials to safeguard these freedoms, and to foster an environment which promotes respect for the rights of all citizens.”

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19 more reader comments:

  1. Very very sad for our brothers and sisters. A monstrous stain on Russia’s contemporary history.

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 12:02pm
  2. Ridiculous.

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 12:03pm
  3. Wow

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 12:03pm
  4. you can’t protest in russia anymore >.>

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 12:05pm
  5. i feel bad for our lgbt brothers and sisters there

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 12:08pm
  6. russia its time to wake up and smell the roses

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 12:09pm
  7. Being surprised that Russia, a bastion of freedom, peacefulness, democracy and completely free of oppression would do such a thing.

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 12:12pm
  8. Russia and china both seem hell bent on proving to the world that they are regressing in all forms of human and political rights.

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 12:39pm
  9. And you expected what from Russia. You can change the flag and create a new national anthem but as a scorpion is still a scorpion.

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 1:32pm
  10. Let’s make a trade with them. They can have all of our Conservatives and we’ll take their gays.

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 1:49pm
  11. Shameful!

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 2:01pm
  12. Not Russia’s ONLY problem!

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 2:04pm
  13. I will protest by not purchasing any Russian Vodka.

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 2:33pm
  14. And we thought the right wing people in our country were crazy. They will not even allow them a pride parade!

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 2:59pm
  15. 100 yrs????

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 4:39pm
  16. We have a pride parade and festival in KY :)

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 6:31pm
  17. Really Russia?

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 8:10pm
  18. Ukraine will fallow, ther are more than crazy. Im happy im in US. Happy pride to all.

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 8:38pm
  19. 100 yrs??? The power of the people will change that! Stay strong Russian family…. :o)

    Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 11:07pm