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Moscow court upholds 100 year ban on gay pride

Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev says 'no other option' than to take fight to hold pride parades in capital city to European Court of Human Rights
Nikolai Alekseev at Moscow gay pride in 2006. The activist is fighting Russian capital's 100 year ban on LGBT parade

Moscow's highest court has upheld a decision to ban gay pride parades in the Russian capital for the next century.

The Tverskoy district court had previously banned public events that qualified as gay parades from March 2012 to May 2112.

In defiance, leading gay activist Nikolai 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.

But despite an appeal, the city's top court has upheld the refusal of Alekseev's requests.

The activist says he is not surprised by the decision and now plans to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

'The court just reconfirmed all the findings of the district and Moscow city court and now we have no other option than to go to the European Court.

'I am pretty much sure we will win because of the precedent which was already set with the first Moscow pride.

'The idea behind this whole initiative was to make sure that the court rules that past prides were banned illegally and also that future prides are being banned illegally. People are constantly using the argument that the European Court hasn't ruled on anything in the future and has only concentrated on past events.'

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