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Russia activist awarded paltry $55 for gay pride ban

First time in a decade Nikolay Alexeyev is compensated for his activism

Russia activist awarded paltry $55 for gay pride ban

A prominent LGBTI activist has been awarded a paltry $55 in damages after the west Russian city of Kostroma banned a pride parade he organized and two protests against the country’s anti-gay law.

A district court Wednesday (3 November) ordered local authorities pay 3,000 rubles ($55) in moral damages to Nikolai Alexeyev, the first time in a decade of activism he has been compensated for moral damages.

In October, the same court ordered Kostroma authorities pay Alexeyev more than 8,000 rubles ($150) for pecuniary damages and legal fees for cancelling the events.

The lawyer also founded Moscow Pride, which is routinely banned, and was the first person to be convicted under Russia’s gay ‘propaganda’ law in 2012.

In April, Alekseyev successfully challenged Kostroma’s pride ban at the region’s top court, which he told GSN at the time was ‘our single biggest victory in the framework of the Russian judicial system.’

Alexeyev was attacked by two hooded thugs in September while in the city to attend another hearing on the ban.

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