Despite breaking European law, Moscow court upholds gay pride ban

Moscow City Court has upheld a refusal to hold gay prides in the Russian capital city

Despite breaking European law, Moscow court upholds gay pride ban
30 October 2012

Moscow City Court has upheld the ruling against holding a gay parade in the Russian city despite it breaking European law.

The Tverskoy District Court dismissed an appeal on 9 July submitted by the parade’s organizer Nikolai Alekseev, and said they will continue to ban gay pride from March 2012 to May 2112.

In defiance, Alekseev claimed to have found a loophole in Russian legislation and submitted requests for gay pride parades for the next 100 years to the Moscow Mayor’s office.

Speaking to Gay Star News, he said: ‘Russia is simply isolating itself from the modern world, while advocating its perspective of traditional values.’

The refusal stated the gay parade would substantially complicate the work of businesses, limit the freedom of travel of citizens, and violate their rights and legal interests.

Alekseev and the other parade organizers say the Moscow government has violated not only Russian law, but also the European Court of Human Rights.

In the Alekseev v Russia case, the ECHR ruled bans on gay parades in the Russian capital are illegal.

Alekseev said: ‘’It is all shows that Russia has no intention of respecting international conventions and obligations that deal with LGBT rights.

‘I think Russia is becoming more aggressive because there is increasing pressures from all sides, from the European Union, the United Nations, international diplomacy and so of for more protection of LGBT rights.’

UK-based gay rights group Stonewall has condemned the ban.

‘It’s a matter of grave concern that Moscow’s municipal government has again marginalized the city’s gay community,’ said Stonewall international officer Jasmine O’Connor.

‘It’s another sign of the dire situation for Russia’s 8.5 million lesbian, gay and bisexual people, whose human rights are routinely abused by the government and police.

‘We’ll continue to press the British government to do all it can to confront homophobic human rights abuses worldwide.’

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