Activists to Picket Obama in Moscow in Solidarity with U.S. Gays
Russian gay activist Nikolai Alexeyev announced that President Obama will face a protest when he arrives in Moscow on July 7 during a State visit:
"And they will be using a variation on the Obama campaign slogan 'Yes We Can', Nikolai Alekseev revealed in Geneva this morning. 'We want to express our solidarity with US gay activists who are planning similar protests in Washington DC, Chicago and other cities in the coming months,' he said...In Russia, gay activists are also campaigning for gay marriage, Mr. Alekseev pointed out. 'Last month, a female couple was denied registration of their marriage by the Marriage Office in Moscow. The couple are planning to fly to Toronto in August to get married – and then campaign for the recognition of their marriage when they are back in Russia. Before they fly to Canada, the couple is expected to take part in the July 7 protest in Moscow,' he said. Mr. Alekseev admitted that the permission to stage a small protest rally outside the US Embassy in Moscow was 'highly unlikely'....'However, there is a chance as the protest will be aimed more at the situation in the US,' he said. 'And the presidential media pack will be in town.' He said that the application will be lodged with the Prefecture of the Central Administrative Area of Moscow fifteen days before the planned event."