Moscow Pride banned for a tenth year in a row
Moscow Pride parade is continuing its annual tradition of being banned by Russian authorities.
Campaigners in the country file a request every single year to hold the parade, only for it to be blocked from going ahead.
The Pride parade – which has not actually been granted permission to go ahead since 2006 – was set to take place on May 30 this year.
However, the event has been banned from going ahead for a tenth year in a row – to a distinct lack of surprise from the country’s LGBT activists.
Pride parades are not technically illegal in Russia, but the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law makes it an offence to promote “non-traditional sexual relationships” to minors – which has been used to clamp down on all LGBT activism.
Spokesman Alexey Mayorov said: “We have warned the organisers that the demonstration will not be authorised.”
However, rights activist Nikolay Alexeyev was characteristically undeterred, saying: “We will nonetheless hold some kind of action on May 30, even if the venue is not yet decided.”
Mr Alexeyev has been arrested, beaten and attacked a number of times in his years organising the parade.
The annual Pride parade has in the past gone ahead without permission, becoming a scene of violent conflict between protesters and the police.
Around 100 people typically take part in the event each year.