Pop band t.A.T.u. have released a statement on their official website announcing they want to attend Moscow Pride.

This year’s event on 27th May is widely expected to be banned by the city authorities, though no official decision has been relayed to the organisers.

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has vowed never to allow a gay march in the city, and dubbed gay activists “Satanic.”

t.A.T.u. became international stars in 2003 and are Russia’s most successful international act.

Their statement of support was also sent to the organisers of Moscow Pride.

“We appeal to the gay community of Russia in the light of the organization of the gay parade in Moscow on May 26-27,” they wrote.

“We are now in Los Angeles, recording our new album. As always, our music will be about people and in favor of people, about love and for love. We think that every person has the right to express his love to other person in the way those two want and no one third should interfere with his dogmas. We support people irrespective of their sexual orientation and any other differences.”

The duo were heavily criticised for playing on a male sexual fantasy by pretending to be lesbians in order to boost their press coverage and popularity. They dealt with the issue in their statement:

“When the second disc of t.A.T.u. was released many of our fans of alternative sexual orientation decided that we cheated and betrayed them. This is not true. We never betrayed you and always preached love without limitations.

“We will do all we can to temporary stop the work on our new album and arrive to Moscow to support you. Your Yulya and Lena, t.A.T.u.”

Organiser of Moscow gay pride Nicolas Alexeyev said he was delighted about the support and participation of the famous group.

“This is a grandiose success for all who is fighting for equality for LGBT people and those who for many months tries to realize one’s constitutional rights.

“Such a huge support for our gay pride this year shows that we are being trusted and that society starts to change. We are convinced that the participation of t.A.T.u. will attract many more people who value freedom and democracy in Russia to our civil action.”