2019-05-16 11:18:00

Moscow mayor's office doesn't allow LGBT pride parade, rallies

Moscow, May 16, Interfax - The Moscow Mayor's Office has refused to allow the LGBT community to hold a pride parade on May 25 and three rallies, LGBT activist Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax.

"The authorities of Moscow have only just now, for the 14th year in a row, banned the conduct of the procession of the Moscow gay parade, as well as three LGBT rallies, including the one calling for the enforcement of the ECHR ruling in the case of 'Alexeyev and Others v. Russia' on the unlawfulness of the bans on LGBT pride events in Russian cities that entered into effect on May 6, 2019," Alexeyev said.

All events were banned with a reference to the federal law on gay propaganda, which the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) also found inconsistent with the European Convention in 2017, he said.

The decision of the mayor's office is to be appealed in court, Alexeyev said.

It was reported earlier that LGBT activists notified the Moscow Mayor's Office about their plans to hold a pride on May 25 and three rallies on May 25-27.

The procession was supposed to be go from the Timiryazev monument near the Nikitsky Gate Square along Tverskoy Bulevard towards the Pushkin Square. The estimated number of participants was up to 300 people.

The objective of the event was raising awareness of the problem of the respect of the rights of members of the LGBT community and discrimination against them, Alexeyev said.

The notifications were submitted as part of the enforcement of the ECHR ruling in the case "Alexeyev and Others v. Russia" about the unlawfulness of the bans on LGBT pride parades and other events in Russia which had entered into effect on May 6, 2019.

The press service for the Russian Justice Ministry told Interfax earlier that the ECHR's decision on the unlawfulness of the Russian authorities' bans on mass LGBT events had entered into effect.

In November 2018, the ECHR ruled in the case "Alexeyev and Others v. Russia" to find the Russian authorities' ban on LGBT pride events illegal. According to the court communique, Russia breached several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, namely: 11 (freedom of assembly and association), Article 13 (right to an effective remedy), and Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination).

The court, in particular, found that "the decision to reject the applicants' requests to hold public LGBT events could not be justified by concerns over public disorder."