Court prohibits all gay pride parades in Moscow for the next 100 years
7.06.12 12:58 By News dept
Gay activists are going to appeal the court decision Photo: AFP
Moscow city court has found legal a decision to prohibit all gay pride parades in the city for the next 100 years.
The head of Russia's gay movement Nikolay Alexeev said on Thursday that the court declined the appeal on the decision of the Tverskoi regional court. Earlier, it ruled that that Moscow authorities' decision to prohibit public gay events for the next 100 years – from March 2012 to May 2112 – was legal.
Alexeev added that he and his supporters would appeal the court decision in the court presidium and then in the European court on human rights.
Alexeev explained that in 2011 gay activists used a law gap which did not set any maximum timeframes for approval of mass culture events and submitted applications for 102 gay pride parades in the next 100 years.
The organizers intended to hold all their events in Bolotnaya square in Moscow.
"We did not receive anything – neither an approval, nor a denial, however they should have responded within 15 days, according to the law," Alexeev said.
He added that gay activists did not hope to get an approval for the event, but they rather wanted to get a matter for an appeal to the European court on human rights.
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