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Moscow security official: Attempts to hold gay pride march will be ‘thwarted’

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  1. The European Court of Human Rights has already told Russia it can’t do this. Are there actually any consequences to ignoring its rulings?

  2. Marcwebbo3 15 May 2013, 5:29pm

    This comes as no surprise….the only negativity comes from the bigots in charge….I hope they go ahead with the march and the police get more than they bargined for in more ways than one….

  3. Alexei Mayorov:
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    “He went on to cite a “negative attitude” towards the idea of a gay pride march as the reason for its application being turned down.”

    who’s negative attitude, Government or the citizens? Russia, Moscow. St Petersburg?

    Attempts at a march will be “thwarted” which means? One can assume that it will have a very different context and meaning when we hear the outcome of the attempts to hold the parade.

    Too bad it wasn’t stated the negativity was the government legislated Anti LGBT propaganda bill. or the legislated 100 year ban on parades.

    It will be no surprise, when we hear of militant policing, resulting in violence riots or worse. I’ll be we view “thwarted” in a whole new context when we hear how Alexei Mayorov defines it!

  4. So far, the bans of Moscow Pride for the last 7 years have been appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) which has ruled on the first three bans, finding the Russian guilty of breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights and imposing a fine of tens of thousands euros. Russia promptly paid the fine to the Pride organisers, but as we know ignored the ruling.

    Effectively, there is very little more that the ECHR can do, except keep on fining the Kremlin.

    Ultimately, Russia could have its membership of the Council of Europe suspended. Perhaps the best thing we in UK (and the 46 other member countries of the Council of Europe) could do is to seriously lobby the Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland (email private.office@coe.int).

    For list of 18 members of the House of Commons and House of Lords appointed to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe see http://assembly.coe.int/ASP/AssemblyList/Annuaire_06W_Delegations.asp?CountryID=46

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