LGBT Activists To Defy Gay Pride Ban In St. Petersburg

StPetersburgDefying a ban on gay pride in St. Petersburg, Russia, activists and allies there say they'll march this Saturday, following a route that originally been approved by authorities, but was later cancelled. They are not, however, expecting a huge turn-out.

The Moscow Times elaborates:

Authorities authorized the parade, but the city's legal committee later reversed that decision, spokesman for the St. Petersburg governor's office Andrei Kibitov wrote Thursday on Twitter.

He said the city had revoked permission in part due to the "enormous" number of requests by residents not to allow the event.

Gavrikov called the reversal illegal and said participants would go ahead with the march and rally.

"We have in our hands the authorization given to us earlier, all the necessary papers," he said.

Gavrikov predicted that many fewer than the 300 people originally expected would attend the event because the city had rescinded permission.

It's unclear how the city will react to the march, but if they decide to crackdown, activists face fines that range from $153 to $15,300.


  1. says

    Not only is the parade canceled, but according to reports, Gavrikov has ALREADY been accused of “propaganda of homosexuality among minors” for planning the parade. He received a document saying that if the parade is held, he and other participants will be held responsible under the anti-propaganda law.

    According to the protocol he received, the city committee responsible had approved a “public event to call attention of society and the state to violations of the civil rights of LGBT people” but according to press reports what was planned was “the third SPb gay pride (parade)” — and somehow those two things are different. The first is allowed, the second not.

  2. Mike says

    Freedom is not free and that is why we LGBT people and our Allies need to be brave and stand up for our rights and freedoms. Even if we have to fight for our rights, because freedom is not free. All great movements had to fight to be free. All great movements have suffered, even Jesus was nailed to a cross.

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