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Moscow Will Have A Gay Parade

A permission has being by the Moscow city authorities for this year?s Moscow Gay Pride.

Ria Novosty reports:

The Moscow city authorities gave official permission on Tuesday to hold the first ever gay pride march in the capital, in an important victory for the country’s gay community, the parade’s organizer said.

In a landmark decision greeted with delight by Nikolai Alexeyev, Russia’s top gay rights activist, the city government allowed the proposed march on May 28 to go ahead.

“The authorities must now ensure the security of the participants in line with the ruling of the European Court [of Human Rights],” Alexeyev said in a statement published on the community’s website, gayrussia.eu.

UK Gay News adds:

Application to stage the event was made to City Hall and the police on April 12, the day after the European Court of Human Rights rejected ?an appeal? by Russia to its previous ruling in the case Alekseev vs Russia that the banning of Moscow Gay Prides in 2006, 2007 and 2008 contravened the European Human Rights Convention.

Mr. Alekseev revealed this morning that the Moscow authorities had asked the organisers to limit the number of participants to 500. This was agreed, he added.

?The aim of the event will provide the public with objective information about the history of homosexuality in relation to culture and science, the contribution of famous gay people in culture and art, as well as the role of well-known figures of culture and art to protect the rights of LGBT people,? Mr. Alekseev.

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