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Moscow court rejects appeal, reaffirms 100-year ban on LGBT pride events

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Moscow City Court on Friday again confirmed its 100-year ban on all LGBT pride events in the Russian capital, and rejected an appeal by Nikolai Alekseyev, the leader of a Russian gay rights community and the organizer of previous gay pride events.

Nikolai Alekseyev

Alekseyev wanted the case to be passed to the Presidium of the Moscow City Court for reconsideration, reported Russia Today.

Alekseyev said he would report about the ruling to the Ministers’ Committee of the Council of Europe, which in September will consider the legality of the Alekseyev vs. Russia case that banned LGBT pride events in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

“In the nearest future we will contest the authorities’ actions over the 100-year ban on gay pride events in the European Court of Human Rights. Through this we will eventually achieve that the bans are recognized as unlawful, not only for the past, but for the future gay parades in the Russian capital,” the Interfax news agency quoted Alekseyev as saying.

On June 6, the Moscow City Court upheld a previous ruling by the Tverskoy district, which ruled that the Moscow municipal government’s 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.

The Russian government began a legal campaign this year against alleged “homosexual propaganda.”

A law against promotion of homosexuality and pedophilia was approved and enacted in St. Petersburg, prompting a group of parliamentarians to suggest approving a similar national law.

In April, Russia openly distanced itself from language included in a joint statement released by the G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting Chairman on that supported the rights and freedoms of LGBT individuals.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. awful place, almost as bad as the USA

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:23pm
  2. They are fortunate not to be shot or sent off to the gulag. Sad, but true.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:24pm
  3. They will have to realize that the world is changing. Might take them another 100 years, but they will!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:24pm
  4. You can’t stop the tide from coming in.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:24pm
  5. We shall

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:26pm
  6. the homophobic and bigots will always try to stop progress, but it will come one day for Russia and America.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:26pm
  7. I wish Russia would fall off the face of the earth.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:27pm
  8. thats so sad.. Why must humans always try to repress and put to shame groups that are different and not fully understood… Whats next, if homosexuality is accepted, are they gonna put a ban on interracial gay marriage?

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:28pm
  9. Fuckin russia

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:29pm
  10. This is sad. But not surprising.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:30pm
  11. you watch, stuff like this is going to end and sooner than we all think

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:36pm
  12. prejudice and bigotry will end one day…when Jesus returns!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:46pm
  13. Wow.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:53pm
  14. Its not that big of deal really, its not illegal to be gay in Russia. Pride isn’t really nessarcy. From one my comrades in Russia tells me (she is a female and not gay yet I’m really good friends with and No I’m not anti-gay I am Gay..) They look down about gay pride because its not something people in general want to know about or care to know. They rather people do what they do privately. It would be a whole different story if homosexuality was becoming illegal or something…

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:53pm
  15. - Well, actually, the Russian government is treating homosexuality the same way as it treats alternative religions & (ironically) evangelical denominations – i.e., as a cult that recruits members into its lifestyle (as contrasted with Russian Orthodoxy, of course…) and thus must be prevented from promoting itself to the public in any way. Which is is very very extremely close to having it technically illegal – which it has been for most of Russia’s national history, remaining scandalous and societally-unaccepted at the best of times in that conformity-laced land, whether led by Soviet or by Sobor.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 10:51pm