Moscow have said they are ‘studying’ the proposal for the city’s first gay pride parade, after it was previously thought to be going ahead.

Nikolai Alexeyev, Russia’s top gay rights activist, said yesterday that the city council had given the go-ahead to the proposed march on 28 May, a claim dismissed by Moscow’s central district head, who said he was not aware of any such event.

But according to the Russian state news agency RAI Novosti, the Moscow city government says it is “studying” a request by a Mr Alexeyeve to hold the country’s first ever gay pride march in the capital.

“We are studying the proposals and will reply in due time,” Lyudmila Shvetsova, overseer of the capital’s social policy, said today.

The current mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, told a radio station back in February he was not in favor of the idea of a gay pride march through the city.