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  1. Russia is truly a sham of a ‘democracy’. It sounds like a horrific place to live – gay or straight.

    The European Court of Human Rights is backlogged for the next 10 years because of the massive number of cases being taken against Putin’s undemocratic dictatorship.

    I hope Alelseev is safe. However considering that it’s Russia we are talking about, we need to be prepared for the worst.

    Life is very, very cheap in Russia.

  2. “The European Court of Human Rights is backlogged for the next 10 years because of the massive number of cases being taken against Putin’s undemocratic dictatorship.”

    Russia is not in the EU so no its not.

  3. Helen, you are confusing the European Court of Human Rights with the EU Court of Justice… Russia like most of Europe apart from Belarus is a member of the Council of Europe and a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights. Any breach of this convention in any member state of the Council including Russia can be appealed in this court which is based in Strasbourg, France. The EU court which you confuse is based in Luxemburg.

  4. Jean, thank you for clarifying that!

    Yes, Russia is frightening. We all had high hopes for that country but the evidence seems to be that despite the recent change of facade life goes on there as normal except for rampant capitalism.

  5. Strange how little attention human rights abuses in Russia get now, isn’t it? Of course, they’re not commies these days. Dictators who embrace capitalism aren’t such a problem.

  6. I hope Nikolai is safe, but i have serious doubts about it.

  7. Russia has never been a democracy and like China does not grasp the concept of “free will” and “choice”. You can’t expect a modern democratic state to rise from centuries of oppression; it took us a good few centuries to establish our freedoms! However, this guy must be found and set free!

  8. OMAR KUDDUS GayasylumUK 16 Sep 2010, 3:43pm

    he web site of, which reported that Moscow-based LGBT activist Nikolai Alekseev has been detained by the FSB (the former KGB) appears to have been crippled as of this writing, possibly as a result of some some sort of attack. Meanwhile, several of us have received an email from Alekseev’s email account saying that he is “relatively free” somewhere outside of Moscow and is safe. However, it is believed that the FSB has access to his computer and email address list, so such messages are being taken with a huge grain of salt.

    UK Gay News was able to obtain an English translation of a note that had been posted to before the web site became crippled. The entire translated note has been posted on UK Gay News:

    MOSCOW, September 16, 2010 (GayRussia) – Russian authorities have detained the organiser of Moscow Gay Pride, Nikolai Alekseev, and are requiring him to abandon a picket, demanding the resignation of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.

    The authorities are also demanding that he withdraws lawsuits lodged with the European Court of Human Rights over the banning of Moscow Gay Prides over the past five years.

    “They demanded of me to give up on the picket Luzhkov and withdraw a complaint by the gay pride of European court” Mr. Alekseev said today at 6:00 am.

    Later, at 8 am, he clarified that he is no longer held in Domodedovo Airport, where he was detained at the airport yesterday evening.

    “I cannot say where [I am], but not in Moscow,” he said when asked about his whereabouts.

    It is unclear from that post how Alekseev was able to communicate the reporter. One Russian-language news report says that Alekseev is being held in Minsk.

    LGBT activist Nikolai Baev suggested that Alekseev’s detention is linked to announced plans to hold a demonstration calling for the resignation of Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov. who has consistently denied the group permission to hold Gay Pride rallies for the past several years. Luzhkov has denounced homosexuality as “Satanic” and insists that there will never be a gay pride march in Moscow. Russian activists have lodged a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights over the parade bans.

    Alekseev was detained yesterday at Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport as he was about to board Swiss Air flight LX 1337 to Geneva. According a news report conveyed by the LGBT website Anti-Dogma, Russia’s Interior Ministry told ITAR-TASS that Alekseev was detained by airport security following an incident that he supposedly instigated at the airport. Baev told that he suspects that Alekseev may be undergoing psychological pressure and possible torture in an attempt to get him to drop the lawsuits.

  9. “One Russian-language news report says that Alekseev is being held in Minsk.”

    In Belarus?

    But why?

    If he is not released and verified to be safe by an independent source, then I expect condemnation by the EU for his kidnapping by Russian authorities (I do not accept that there was a valid reason for his arrest).

    I also expect the British Foreign Secretary to speak out against his kidnapping (that would be you Little Willie Hague).

    Russia has no respect for human rights and they need to be told that the Russian dictatorship is unacceptable.

  10. Kudos for getting on this and calling russian embassies. I sure hope AI gets involved. The environment really needs the gay fertility rate.

  11. Lynn and Leslie Nelson 17 Sep 2010, 2:55am

    We wish Nikolai God speed, we got to know him when the first Gay Pride march was being planned.
    We pray he is safe and unharmed.

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