Moscow Officials Ban Gay Pride Rally, Again

Moscow officials marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia today by banning a Gay Pride rally scheduled for May 28, UK Gay News reports:

Alexeyev The reasons given by the deputy mayor of Moscow, Ludmila Shvetsova, is because of “the impossibility to provide security” – and a high number of letters of protests received by the City Hall against this event.

“The reasons for banning the Moscow Pride this year are exactly the same reasons used in the past years – and for which the European Court of Human Rights judged against Russia for violating the European Convention on Human Rights, Pride chief organiser Nikolai Alekseev.

 “Russia has decided to mark the Day Against Homophobia by showing, once again, its homophobic policy towards its LGBT citizens.

He revealed that an application would now be made directly to the Russian President.

Organizers plan to hold the rally anyway.

Officials have banned gay-related rallies since 2006, and a parade or march has never been authorized. In April, it was reported that officials had, for the first time, approved such a rally, but that appears to not be the case.


  1. DAVE says

    Such a shame. Seems like he is one man trying to change things there and he’ll probably get beat up again because “security” will be nonexistent for an unsanctioned rally

  2. Fenrox says

    It sounds like they hate HIM, that they want to punish Nikolai.

    Nikolai needs to step back and put someone else in front so they can go ahead. He can still run the show, he just needs to stop doing it in the open.

    Plus the more “Gay leaders” there are the less they will focus on the one and let things slip.

  3. says

    Alekseev is far from being “the one man trying to change things there.” He’s just the best at making PR in the West. Russians were very quick to point out back in April that the Moscow authorities had NOT granted a permit (though he claimed they had), since petitions can only be filed two weeks in advance of a gathering.

    @Fenrox: He will never step back, since being in the limelight (in the Western press) is what he’s all about. But there are many others organizing in Russia, cultural festivals, flash mobs, etc. They are just underreported in the West. Alekseev has unfortunately lost most of his Russian allies.

  4. says

    Meanwhile, in Petersburg, there was THIS:

    The first sanctioned mass action of LGBT community took place in St. Petersburg. 150 activists and supporters of the LGBT-organization “Vychod” (Coming Out, including parents of gays and lesbians and members of the human rights society, celebrated International Day Against Homophobia under slogans: “Different people – same values”, “We are against violence”, “Born to be ourselves”. To symbolize our wish for diverse world without violence or discrimination, 300 balloons were released into the sky.

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