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Moscow’s Unofficial Gay Pride Shut Down Amid Violence

Moscow’s Unofficial Gay Pride Shut Down Amid Violence


Around a dozen people were arrested in Moscow on Sunday when police broke up an unofficial Pride event outside of the City Hall building.

While several Pride marchers were arrested, including prominent activist Nikolai Alexeyev,  a number of so-called religious activists, who had attempted to break up the parade, some of them with violence, were also detained.

Reports the Moscow Times:

More than 10 people were arrested outside the Moscow City Duma Sunday, where gay rights activists had planned to hold to protest a new law being discussed that would ban “homosexual propaganda,” RIA-Novosti reported.

Three of those arrested were Orthodox Church activists who had come to disrupt the protest, while the other detained demonstrators were all participants of the gay rights protest, including event organizer Nikolai Alekseyev.

News media showed pictures and videos of physical altercations between the two groups in which a man holding a rainbow flag was being attacked as journalists stood by with cameras rolling.

Other pictures showed activists hold signs, including one anti-gay protester whose sign read “Moscow is not Sodom.”

A video of the attack mentioned above is available here.

The event was organized to commemorate the official decriminalization of homosexuality in Russia.

The irony of course is that despite repeated condemnation by the European Union, Russian officials have refused to sanction Pride parades since 2006, which the European Court of Human Rights has said directly infringes citizens’ rights to autonomy and freedom of assembly.

This is further compounded by laws like the one recently passed in St Petersburg which bans the “promotion” of LGBT identity. This has been used to prosecute gay rights protesters and indeed is a charge that activist Nikolai Alexeyev has already been prosecuted under.

The Russian Duma is now considering a similar law to bring into force a nationwide ban on the so-called promotion of homosexuality.


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7:34AM PDT on May 30, 2012

Just another reason to be "loud and proud"!

4:53AM PDT on May 30, 2012

My heart goes out to the GLBTQ community in Russia and elsewhere, where they're persecuted. This is 21st Century, not Dark Ages.

3:53PM PDT on May 29, 2012

Thanks for the info.

1:47PM PDT on May 29, 2012

thanks a lot!!

1:04PM PDT on May 29, 2012

i wish you strength and success. and luck.

9:28AM PDT on May 29, 2012

"...homosexual propaganda..."? What the hell is that? Come on, folks, you need to get organized. There is nothing so powerful as numbers. And to have a huge group of LGBT people along with their friends and loved ones parading down a main street is powerful indeed.

7:49AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Isto é lamentável para o kremlin isto é um ódio ás pessoas que lutam pelos seu direitos Humanos

7:01AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Thank you for posting this so we can try to keep an eye out for these brave folks.

8:13PM PDT on May 28, 2012

Its a shame that people are still fighting for their right just to be acknowledged.

2:05PM PDT on May 28, 2012

I admire these people for their courage.

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