With timing best described as “impeccable”, Moscow City Hall announced this morning that Moscow Gay Pride on May 28 is banned. Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
The reasons given by the deputy mayor of Moscow, Ludmila Shvetsova, is because of “the impossibility to provide security” – and a high number of letters of protests received by the City Hall against this event.
“The reasons for banning 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 Human Rights, Pride chief organiser Nikolai Alekseev.
“Russia has decided to mark the Day Against Homophobia by showing, once again, its homophobic policy towards its LGBT citizens.
He revealed that an application would now be made directly to the Russian President.
“We will apply today to President Dmitri Medvedev for permission to hold our Gay Pride March next to Kremlin, an area which is solely within his jurisdiction.
“The ban does not change anything to our intention to hold our rally as planned,” he insisted, adding that if anything untoward happens on May 28 the responsibility will lie with the “the illegal and irresponsible decision” taken at Moscow City Hall.
“Today, we realised that former homophobic Mayor Luzhkov has a successor at the City Hall,” Mr. Alekseev added.
The Gay Pride rally was scheduled to be held in Bolotnaya Square, in front of the Office of the European Commission.