2007-05-29 11:53:00

Gays not dropping plans to organize parade in Moscow

Moscow, May 29, Interfax - The organizing committee has decided to hold a new gay parade in Moscow on May 31, 2008, gay parade organizer Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax on Tuesday.

He said that the action involving representatives of sexual minorities in central Moscow last Sunday "generated enormous coverage in Russia and foreign mass media."

Alexeyev, who was released from custody in court after a day's detention at the Tverskoye police precinct on Monday, repeated his intentions to become the first representative of sex minorities in the State Duma in Russian history.

"I am planning to run for the Duma in December. This can fundamentally change the circumstances in holding the next parade," he said.

Moscow city authorities banned the gay parade on May 27. In response the organizers staged an unauthorized picket outside the mayor's office, after which Alexeyev was detained.

On June 9 a justice of the peace of Section 369 will pass a judgment on Alexeyev's administrative offense.