Russia court upholds Moscow ban on 2007 gay pride parade

[JURIST] A Moscow District Court on Tuesday upheld the legality of the city's ban on gay pride parades [JURIST report], ruling that the city's 2007 prohibition against the Moscow Pride [advocacy website] event was legal under Russian law and the European Convention on Human Rights [text] because the government can prohibit events to ensure public security and prevent public disturbances. Parade organizer Nicolas Alexeyev has indicated the group will appeal the ruling and is considering taking the case to the European Court of Human Rights [official website; JURIST news archive].

In June, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation [official website, in Russian] upheld a 2006 Moscow ban, dismissing an appeal by parade organizers [JURIST reports]. Parade organizers have already filed a complaint [JURIST report] with the ECHR, seeking €20,000 euros (approximately $27,000) in compensation. RIA Novosti has more.

 

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