Last week the Moscow City Court has confirmed, for the second time, its ruling banning all gay pride events in the Russian capital for the next century. The court rejected an appeal filed by Russia’s best-known gay rights campaigner Nikolay Alexeyev, who wanted a retrial of the case. “We will appeal against the actions taken by the Russian authorities, which have banned gay pride parades in Moscow for the next 100 years, in the European Court of Human Rights in the nearest future. Thus, we will get the invalidation of the bans not only on past, but also future gay pride parades in the Russian capital,” Alexeyev told Interfax.
The activist said he would report about the ruling to the Ministers’ Committee of the Council of Europe, which in September will consider the legality of the Alekseyev vs. Russia case that banned gay pride events in 2006, 2007 and 2008. [RT]