Russian government marks the Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
(IDAHO) by once again preventing LGBT people to exercise their right to
freedom of assembly
The Moscow City Hall said this morning that the Moscow Gay Pride Rally
scheduled for May 28 on Bolotnaya Square in front of the Office of the
European Commission will be banned.
The motives given by the Ludmila Shvetsova, deputy mayor of Moscow, to ban
the event is the impossibility to provide security and a high number of
letters of protests received by the City Hall against this event.
Nikolai Alekseev, Moscow Pride Chief Organizer, said:
"The reasons to ban the Moscow Pride this year are exactly the same
reasons used in the past years and for which the European Court of Human
Rights judged against Russia for violating the European Convention on
"Russia decided to mark the Day Against Homophobia by showing once again
its homophobic policy towards LGBT citizens."
"We will apply today to the Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to hold our
Gay Pride March next to Kremlin, an area which solely depend of his
"The ban does not change anything to our intention to hold our rally as
"Whatever happens on May 28 will be put on the illegal and irresponsible
decision taken today by the Moscow City Hall."
"Today, we understood that former homophobic Mayor Luzhkov has a successor
at the City Hall."
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