Nikolai Alekseev, Gay Activists Arrested in Protest of Moscow Mayor


UK Gay News reports that eleven activists including Nikolai Alekseev have been arrested during a protest outside Moscow City Hall:

"They were taking part in a demonstration against the homophobic mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, and his 'faggots' remark which a Moscow court ruled recently was not hate speech. Those arrested were said to have chained themselves to the railings outside City Hall. Also reported arrested was a reporter from Agence France Presse.  She was seen by activists being hauled into a police van.  But Mr. Alekseev told UK Gay News later that she was not taken to the police station and was presumably released without charge. The eleven activists were taken to the Tverskoy Police Station in Moscow. Mr. Alekseev said that he was injured during his arrest. He was speaking by telephone from inside a police van from which  other  activists were heard chanting 'happy birthday Mayor Luzhkov' – it is the Mayor’s 74th birthday today."

The AP adds:

"The two dozen demonstrators had been protesting the policies of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has called homosexuals 'satanic' and thwarted attempts to hold a gay pride rally in the city. Police detained most, if not all, of those participating in Tuesday's rally, which was held without a required permit near city hall. The activists handcuffed themselves to a monument for the 13th-century Russian prince who founded Moscow, displayed a papier-mache mummy resembling Luzhkov and unfurled posters ridiculing the mayor and his billionaire wife, Yelena Baturina. The activists said they objected to Luzhkov's recent use of the word 'fag,' and a court's subsequent ruling that the word could not be deemed offensive."

Alekseev refused to back down from holding the rally despite being abducted by men thought to be with the Russian secret police over the weekend. 


  1. Christopher says

    Please go to the Alekseev Facebook page (not his personal one, the one set up to publicize his arrest) and add it to you ‘likes’. As of today only 40 people have done so; this is one barometer US politicians will use to determine how much pressure they will exert on the Soviets in the human rights case.

  2. Fenrox says

    Can we get a link to the court ruling that faggot wasnt offensive? I cant really search that at work….

    Also I can’t get behind this guy, I don’t want to think that he is making this all up but I can’t help it. I think its because he reminds me of this asshole I used to know that would pull things like that.

  3. TANK says

    Making this all up?

    Wow, it’s necessary to ignore the stupidity and ignorance of many commenters, as they are a bad representation of the gay community with their incessant victim blaming and denial of wrongdoing. You get threats to global lgbt equality from both the gay and straight sides. You have to run ’em both over and move on.

    Luzhkov is a complete pig, and his wife is another gangster billionaire from that corrupt lost country. Unfortunately, they don’t care about how they look or their public image (many don’t care, either). The understand force and pain, and that’s about it.

  4. Vlad says

    “TANK” is absolutely right about Luzhkov as well as apologists in the gay community who try to blame the victims and fail to understand just how dangerous and widespread homophobia really is. You may live in some relatively liberal enclave somewhere in the Western world and think things are generally fine but that is very far from the reality of most GLBT on this planet. And very few people will care about what happens to them unless we speak up and support them.

    And “FENROX,” I don’t believe that anyone in Russia would face the consequences of engaging in an unauthorized public protest over something they “made up.” The reality for gays and lesbians is abysmal in most of Eastern Europe and especially in Russia. Anyone who is a gay rights activist in these places is by default a courageous and heroic person.

  5. Lexxvs says

    I wish him and those accompanying him the best. They are risking their lives so millions can have a better life, without being oppressed or persecuted for what they are. Hope we all support them in all the ways we can.

  6. DH says

    Fenrox–Why is this so difficult to believe? Russia is a very corrupt country. After the collapse of communism, the Russian mafia basically took over. They have a horrible human rights record.

    Alekseev is more courageous than most of our “fierce advocates” here in the US!

  7. says

    “Also I can’t get behind this guy, I don’t want to think that he is making this all up but I can’t help it.”

    Anyone who thinks he’s making this all up has never been to Russia or has never paid attention to the news coming out of Russia. Russia and Moscow, under its current corrupt neanderthal lying leadership, couldn’t be a worse place for human rights, especially gay rights.

    Unlike most Russian LGBT people (and I can’t blame them for hiding), Alekseev puts himself on the front lines and demands change. In the process he gets publicity, and he uses it. But while being media savvy and achieving press coverage for your confrontational work isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it is hardly unbelievable. A quick trip to Russia would erase any doubts.

  8. Pira says

    This guy has some serious balls! He was practically abducted over his activism, and he went right back out there again, protesting when he knew damn well they were going to arrest him. I’ve seen videos of how the Russian police handle things, and it makes a lot of police brutality cases in the West look civil and polite.

  9. Fenrox says

    So they take his cell phone but not his ipad… And for why I think hes making it up, his body language tells me he is lying. Its not anything to go on so I am glad im not an influential Russian judge, cuz then I would be an asshole.

    Side note, Any time you have a sensational story that is promptly followed up with more sensational actions (Detained by secret police! Drugged by secret police! Arrested in protest of government!) It hurts the story if the possibly untrue elements of the previous stories are accepted as “soft” fact when reporting on the new developments, it takes credibility and nuance away from the story, Anyway.

    Anyone have a link to this court ruling that Faggot isnt hate speach?

  10. says

    Back in London, The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) tonight condemned the arrest and detention the activists in Paris.

    “These are the kind of repressive measures that you might expect in a brutal dictatorship,” chairperson Adam Knowles said in a statement.

    “It beggars belief that they can happen in Western Europe in this day and age, and in France, a country with a long and proud record in defending liberty, equality and fraternity, and in a city with an openly gay Mayor.

    “We call upon the French authorities to investigate these disgraceful events. We also call upon the Mayor of Moscow and the Russian Government to recognise the right of its gay and lesbian citizens to March peacefully through the streets of Moscow.”