2009-02-09 18:05:00

Russian sexual minorities complain to Strasbourg court

Moscow, February 9, Interfax - Organizers of the Moscow gay pride parade sent an application to the European Court of Human Rights on Monday, complaining about the violation of the freedom of assembly and the right to fair trial, fixed by the European convention on human rights.

"The complaint was caused by the president's inaction over the attempt to conduct a gay pride parade in Alexandrovsky Gardens on May 31, 2008," one of the leaders of Russian sexual minorities Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax.

This is the seventh complaint to the ECHR from Russian sexual minorities, he said.

Earlier gay activists failed to get their complaints to be considered by Russian courts, including the Russian Supreme Court, to which they applied on January 16.

Initially, the organizers of the Moscow gay pride parade complained to the Tverskoy district court on June 23, 2008. Before that they had asked the president to allow them to conduct the event with up to 200 participants at the Alexandrovsky Gardens on May 31.