Russia bans tribute to gay victims of Nazi Germany

Gay rights activists have accused the Moscow authorities of condoning Adolf Hitler's actions during the Holocaust by banning a peaceful protest

Russia bans tribute to gay victims of Nazi Germany
01 November 2013

Russia has banned a tribute to the LGBTI victims of Nazi Germany.

On 31 October, the Moscow government refused a group to condemn Adolf Hitler’s actions and honor the 100,000 gay people arrested during World War II.

Gay rights activists have condemned the refusal as ‘surreal’ and ‘absurd’.

Around 20 participants applied to hold a peaceful event in Kudrinskaya Square in Moscow on 5 November.

The intention of the tribute was to also spread the message about not repeating past mistakes and ensuring something like the Holocaust never happens again.

But the authorities rejected the application, saying paying tribute to gay victims of Nazi Germany could potentially ‘influence’ children on homosexuality.

Nikolai Alekseev, founder of Moscow Pride, said: ‘The Moscow authorities are becoming increasingly absurd, and the ban  of the rally to denounce the crimes of Hitler and Nazism is more proof of this.

‘The government is approving of Nazi Germany’s genocidal policies.’

The gay rights activist said he would be continuing to flood the Russian government with appeals for gatherings for the LGBT community and build up a portfolio of illegal bans on public assembly.

In addition, the city government also denied approval of two LGBT rallies. One was to attract attention on the importance of combating homophobia in sport and the other was the need for Russia to join the Schengen Agreement to allow the LGBT community freedom of movement in a single visa.

Alekseev added: ‘The Moscow authorities have actually formalized a total ban on all public gatherings of the LGBT community.

‘They are actively using the federal law banning so-called gay propaganda to justify their homophobic actions.’
 

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