Moscow City Police appears to be sticking to its decision to ban the Gay Pride March. Gay rights activists say they will hold it regardless.
Ria Novosti reports:
Police in Moscow said on Friday they will enforce the city’s ban on a protest by gay rights campaigners in the Russian capital.
Nikolai Alexeyev, Russia’s leading gay rights activist and head of the Moscow Gay Pride organization, has said activists will try to hold the city’s first gay rights rally on May 28, despite a ban on the event.
The Moscow police said on Friday they would cut short any “unlawful actions.”
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On related news, Yesterday Nikolai Alexeyev walk off a TV debate showFeast of fun reports
Gay Russia leader Nikolai Alekseev walked off the set of a national TV debate show this afternoon after accusing the moderator, Vladimir Solovyev, of slanting the show towards homophobes. The show has been described to me as sort of like ?Meet the Press,? except that millions of people actually watch it.
Alekseev was debating Alexander Hinstein, a deputy in the State Duma (parliament) and member of Vladir Putin?s United Russia Party. The last straw was when Solovyev, host of the nationally broadcast show, Poednivo (roughly ?The Dual? in English), called on an audience member who accused gays of physically threatening her young daughter.
Alekseev tore off his microphone and walked off as the cameras rolled. Shortly thereafter, the LGBT members of the audience also walked out.
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