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Russian Gay Activists File Complaint With European Court of Human Rights Over Banned Rally

AlexeyevA group of Russian gay rights rights activists has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The group made an application in October 2013 to hold an equal marriage rally in central Moscow. The request to hold the rally was denied, with officials citing the country’s laws banning "gay propaganda."

The group has attempted to appeal the decision, but it was to no avail. Moscow’s Tverskoy District court upheld the ban of the rally.

The activists hope to have more luck with the ECHR, where they will be citing the ECHR charter's Article 11 (the right to freedom of assembly and association). They will also cite Articles 13 and 14, which ensure the right to an "effective remedy" and forbidding of discrimination, respectively.

Russian LGBT rights activist, lawyer and journalist Nikolai Alexeyev (pictured) is working with the activists. Via Pink News, Alexeyev says that in the last year, there have been 90 similar applications go through the same process.  In addition to the "gay propaganda" law, police have pulled one from the Serbian playbook, citing  a risk of violence to ban the events.


Moscow Officials Deny Pride Parade Request For Ninth Year In A Row

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In an unsurprising but upsetting turn of events, Moscow officials have denied Nikolai Alexeyev, an LGBT activist, the right to organize a gay pride parade in the city for the ninth year in a row. The country's "gay propaganda" law is the likely culprit for this year's refusal, but years past are murkier. Still, Alexeyev is determined to let his rainbow flag fly.

ILGA Europe reports:

Nikolai AlexeyevNikolai Alexeyev vowed to move forward with the event on May 31 even if it meant doing so without permission, according to news portal Gay Russia. Alexeyev told Gay Russia that the parade proposal was rejected on the basis of a federal law banning the propagandizing of non-traditional sexual relations around minors.

A spokesperson for the Regional Security Department's public events office told The Moscow Times by telephone Tuesday that Alexeyev had been refused permission to hold the parade. The department's spokesperson refrained from explaining the specific reasons underpinning the decision, but said that officials generally consider a variety of factors, including concerns of public disorder and the gay propaganda law.

Prior to the passage of the gay propaganda law, Moscow authorities consistently pointed to the potential for public disorder as grounds for rejecting gay pride parade applications.

In prior refusals, Alexeyev has legally challenged the city officials, eventually turning to the European Court of Human Rights. In 2010, the court ruled in favor of the activist, stating that "the repeated rejections constituted a violation of the right to free assembly and protection from discrimination." Alexeyev has said that he will once again challenge the decision.


Russia High Court Upholds Constitutionality of Ban on 'Gay Propaganda'

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Russia's highest court has ruled that the oppressive anti-homosexuality law, the ban on 'gay propaganda', is constitutional, RIA Novosti reports:

The Constitutional Court dismissed a complaint from Nikolai Alexeyev, a leading gay rights campaigner, that St. Petersburg city council had acted unconstitutionally by passing legislation to ban the promotion of homosexuality among minors...

The ruling regarded a May 2012 case in which Alexeyev had been fined for holding up a poster featuring a quote: “Homosexuality is not a perversion, unlike grass hockey or ice ballet.” The quote was made by Soviet-era actress Faina Ranevskaya.

Alexeyev had asked the court to rule that the law was based on prejudice and permitted discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation. But the judges concluded that the Constitution obliged the State to protect motherhood, childhood and family.

Legislators therefore had a duty to “take measures to protect children from information, propaganda and campaigns that can harm their health and moral and spiritual development”. The court ruled that the law against gay propaganda was such a measure, arguing that the exercise of civil rights and freedoms could not be permitted at the cost of other people’s rights.

The court's ruling was made in late October but not released publicly until yesterday.

The Russian wire service adds:

In a separate case, a court in the northern city of Murmansk fined Alexeyev and fellow activist Yarosvlav Yevtushenko 4,000 rubles each on Tuesday. The GayRussia campaign website said that the two men had been convicted under the gay propaganda law for holding up banners outside a children’s library that read “gay propaganda doesn’t exist. People don’t become gay, people are born gay”.


Russian TV Journalist Blames Gays for the Chelyabinsk Meteor Strike Earlier This Year

A well-known Russian TV journalist is taking a page out of the Christian right-wing playbook of blaming natural phenomenon on the gays. RT.com reports:

MamontovIn a reference to the Old Testament story of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, famous journalist Arkady Mamontov said on his program that the fall of the Chelyabinsk meteorite on February 15 in Russia was related to the country's growing gay activity. Mamontov's program 'Special Correspondent' airs on state channel Rossiya 1.

The host called the meteorite a warning "to all of us that we should keep the family tradition, traditional love, or else something else - not only the Chelyabinsk meteorite - will hit us."

The Russian LGBT Network rights group filed a complaint with the prosecutor's office on Thursday. The group accused the show of hate speech, according to group chairman Igor Kochetkov. He said that Mamontov also claimed that gays and lesbians want to "destroy [traditional] Russia."

Mamontov has been on a bit of an anti-gay roll this past week, airing a documentary entitled "Litsedei" (Hypocrites) on Tuesday which detailed the alleged threat from Western countries that are trying to carry out a "gay revolution" in Russia by claiming that homosexuals are being oppressed.

As a result of the anti-gay vitriol, prominent Russian LGBT activist Nikolai Alexeyev has submitted a request to Moscow authorities to gain permission to stage a protest against Mamontov's show. Knowing Putin's oppositional stance on public 'pro-gay' rallies, however, makes approval seem unlikely.  

[picture via RIA Novosti / Ruslan Krivobok] 


Russian Gay Activists Arrested for Protesting at Sochi Headquarters: VIDEO

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Several LGBT activists was arrested today after protesting at the headquarters for the 2014 Sochi Games.

Among them was Nikolai Alexeyev, who has made headlines recently because of a very public twitter meltdown and his use of anti-Semitic slurs.

Americablog notes:

While the activists were quite brave in standing up to certain police arrest – pro-gay protests, or even speech, are illegal in Russia – it’s unfortunate that the protesters included in their group known anti-Semite, Nikolai Alexeyev, who refers to Jews as “kikes,” and recently claimed, in the middle of a weeklong anti-Semitic meltdown, that Jews make vodka from their own sperm.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Alexeyev tweeted from inside the police van earlier today.

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Russian Gay Rights Activist Nikolai Alexeyev Has Twitter Meltdown, Threatens Assassination

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A few weeks ago we told you about prominent Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev posting bizarre status updates on his Facebook account accusing friends of being pedophiles, lambasting gays who fled Russia, and equating the West with Putin's regime. Yesterday Out.com writer Michael Lucas composed an opinion piece accusing Alexeyev of being the Kremlin's "pocket gay," that is to say a mouthpiece the Kremlin can use to try to convince the populace that everything is fine because look, a gay man is saying so. Lewis draws the direct comparison to the "pocket Jews" of the Anti-Zionist Committee of the Soviet Republic from the 70s and 80s and figures that it's the same thing happening all over again.

Then again, just yesterday we told you of Alexeyev being the victim of a raid by the Russian police on his home, and someone facing such retribution from the government itself could be coerced into subservience to spare themselves from worse punitive actions in the future.

Alexeyev, or at least whomever is in control of his social media accounts if the accusations of hacking and abduction are to be believed, saw Lucas' article and had a veritable meltdown on Twitter. He accused Lucas of slandering him, said he would now leave LGBT activism as a result, and, nonsensically, hire a hitman if Alexeyev's mother died because of the article. Alexeyev even sent Lucas an email that read [sic]:

You are just another Jewish debile who will answer to all!

While they cannot verify for certain that it is indeed Alexeyev writing them, Out.com has screenshots of Alexeyev's tweets.


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