Moscow Pride will be banned again this year, Moscow town hall announced on Thursday.
‘We have warned the organisers that the demonstration will not be authorised,’ news agency Ria Novosti quoted Alexey Mayorov, acting as the mayoral spokesperson.
According to French news agency AFP, he has also warned the organizers of the risks they take should they ignore the ban.
This year marks the tenth time the organizers attempted to obtain permission to hold a Pride event in Moscow; like every year since 2006 permission was denied and no reasons were given.
The organizers had applied to hold two meetings and a march which was supposed to end in a demonstration outside the mayor’s office on 30 May; all three events were expected to attract a hundred people each.
In the past any attempts at carrying out a public event, such as the demonstration for IDAHOT on 17 May, have been dispersed by Moscow’s police, but the organizers said they will not give up.
NikolaÃ¯ Alexeyev, one of the organizers, told AFP he is planning on appealing the ban; he also told them he was brought before a judge ‘for no obvious reason’ an hour before it was announced Moscow Pride would be banned.
But according to Alexeyev, the organizers refuse to back down and still plan to hold some form of protests.
He said: ‘We will nonetheless hold some kind of action on 30 May, even if the venue is not yet decided.’