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RUSSIA: Appeals Court Upholds Moscow Gay Pride Ban For Next 100 Years

Moscow's top court has upheld a century-long ban on gay pride events after an appeal from the nation's most well-known LGBT activist.
"On Thursday, August 16, the Moscow City Court upheld a ban imposed by the Moscow government on gay pride parades for the next 100 years, from March 2012 to May 2112," Moscow gay pride parade activist Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax on Friday. The court declined Alexeyev's cassation appeal seeking a retrial of the case by the Moscow City Court Presidium. "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 said. He also said he intends to inform the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe of this decision, as the Committee will study the implementation of the European court's decision on Alexeyev vs. Russia, which states that bans on gay pride parades in Moscow in 2006-2008 were illegitimate, in September.
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