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Russian gay community leader Nikolai Alexeyev waves a flag during a banned gay rally in Moscow in 2008. (AFP/Dmitry Kostyukov)

Friday Oct 2, 2009 – MOSCOW (AFP) – A Russian court on Friday dismissed a long-shot libel suit filed by gay activists against Moscow’s veteran mayor in a ruling that they described as a blow to human dignity in Russia.

The suit had been filed after Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, speaking on television in June, called Russian gay activists seeking to organize a gay pride parade “gomiki,” a derogatory word that can be translated as “homos.”

“Our society has healthy morals and does not accept all these homos,” Luzhkov told TV Centre, a channel owned by his administration, according to the website GayRussia.ru, whose activists filed the libel suit.

A spokeswoman for Moscow’s Tverskoi court said the hearing had taken place Friday and the libel suit had been dismissed for lack of evidence.

“The court has refused to sustain the plaintiff’s claim,” said spokeswoman Alexandra Berezina.

Had he lost the suit, Luzhkov would have had to pay one kopeck, a Russian coin of the smallest denomination, as symbolic compensation to the gay activists.

Nikolai Alexeyev, Russia’s leading gay activist and an organiser of the gay pride parade, said he would appeal the court decision, adding that activists had not expected any other ruling in the run-up to local elections later this month.

“This is the de-facto legalization of discourtesy, offence, disparagement of human dignity,” Alexeyev said of the ruling.

“It means we live in a state where human dignity means nothing,” he told AFP.

Luzhkov has repeatedly banned gay pride parades, calling them “satanic acts” but arguing that he wanted to protect homosexuals in a society where homophobic sentiments run high.

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Moscow Ban of the Gay Parade: Dutch Singer Gordon Threatens to Boycott the Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision singer threatens gay rights boycott

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Gordon-ToppersPop singer Gordon says he will refuse to take the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest final in Moscow if Russian police violently suppress a gay parade in the city. The singer made the remarks in an interview with Dutch public broadcaster NOS. The organisation GayRussia announced plans for a gay rights parade to coincide with Saturday’s Eurovision final, but it has been banned by the authorities.

A spokesman for Moscow’s mayor said “Moscow has never had gay parades and it never will.” Russian police often use strong-arm tactics to clamp down on gay rights protests. Dutch Eurovision singer Gordon, who is himself homosexual, said “If violence is used during the demonstration, I’ll fly straight back to the Netherlands.”

Gordon is a member of the Toppers, the star singers who will perform this year’s Dutch Eurovision entry. The other two members of the specially assembled threesome of famous Dutch solo artists and TV personalities are Jeroen van der Boom and René Froger. They say they will decide how to respond to events on the day of the final itself.

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Organisers says they will keep intensifying pressure over the Council of Europe

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MOSCOW, March 28, 2009 (GayRussia.ru) – The Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has told organisers of Moscow Gay Pride the court’s President of the Chamber has decided not to give priority to their cases, some of which have been waiting for more than two years.

The Russian activists asked the Court last month to give a priority treatment to their application against Russia in the light of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Moscow Pride bans.

To date, the Russian activists have appealed the ban of 167 banned gay marches at the European Court.

“If no action is taken, the Moscow Pride bans will take five to six years to be overturned by the European Court,” said chief Pride organisers Nikolai Alekseev.

“Whether though the Court or via the Committee of Ministers, a solution, has to be found in Strasbourg,” he added.

“We are in contact with several diplomacies.”

In a similar case around the ban of the Warsaw Pride in Poland, the European Court gave a decision within 18 months of receiving the application.

Over the last months, the organisers have intensified pressure on the Council of Europe, asking the organisation to make Russia respect freedom of assembly for the LGBT community.

Last month in Strasbourg, activists from Russia and Belarus were joined by 50 local activists , they held a protest in Strasbourg demanding that the European Court and the Council of Europe speed up the matter.

“Council of Europe officials write wonderful letters to Russian authorities about the necessity to respect the rights of LGBT people,” said Moscow Pride co-organiser Nikolai Baev.

“But year after year we see the same violence, the same aggressions and the same breach of human rights.”

Earlier this month, 22 members of the European Parliament asked the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers to help find a solution in resolving this issue over this year’s Gay Pride in Moscow, scheduled to take place on May 16.

Also last month, the US State Department in Washington DC criticised Russia for breeches of human rights of gay men and women in its annual Human Rights Report.

May 16 is during the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) weekend – and is on the day of the ‘uber-gay’ Eurovision Song Contest, which is being staged in the Russian capital and beamed live across Europe, and beyond.

Moscow Pride is this year a joint project of Russian and Belarusian gay groups and is officially “Slavic Pride”.

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moscowpride2Organizers to ask Eurovision participants to wear Slavic Pride pins during the show

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MOSCOW, March 8, 2009 – Moscow’s police chief, Vladimir Pronin, has said gay pride parades in the capital are “unacceptable”.

“It’s unacceptable – gay pride parades shouldn’t be allowed,” he told the Russian news agency Interfax on Friday.

“No one will dare to do it, such “brave-heart” will be torn to shreds,” he added.

“The West can say we’re bad guys, but our people will see it is right. Our country is patriarchal, that’s sums it up,” he stressed.

“I positively agree with the Church, with the Patriarch, politicians, especially with [Mayor] Luzhkov, who are convinced that man and woman should love each other. It is established by God and nature,” the police chief said.

Mr Pronin, as head of Moscow Police reports directly to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, however, practically, his nomination has to be validated by the Mayor of Moscow.

This is not the first statement of Mr Pronin against freedom of assembly for LGBT people in Moscow.

GayRussia obtained a copy of a letter that Mr Pronin sent to Yuri Luzhkov, the Mayor of Moscow, in which the Police head confirms that his services are watching the Moscow Pride organizers in order to prevent their actions.

In the letter dated April 30th 2007, Mr Pronin told Mr Luzhkov: “Units of GUVD in Moscow are constantly controlling mass public actions in the city, monitoring media and Internet with the aim to take measures of preventive character and non-admission of illegal actions on the part of representatives of sexual minorities”.

However, Moscow Pride organizers are not particularly concerned by the statement of the Police head.

“Mr Pronin already showed his in competency last year when his services were unable to prevent us unveiling a banner directed against the Mayor, right opposite his office,” said Nikolai Alekseev.

Mr Alekseev was speaking from Minsk where he held a third preparation seminar with local activists. This year Moscow Pride is a joint project of Russian Belarusian activists branded as the “Slavic Pride”.

“The statement of Mr Pronin only attracts more media attention to the Slavic Pride which is good in the framework of the Eurovision,” added Nikolai Baev.

“The world already knows about the systematic breach of human rights by Moscow officials. This is nothing new,” he added.

This year, Moscow Pride will take place on May 16th, the day of the Eurovision song contest final.

Pride organisers said today that they are in contact with participants of the show, asking them to wear the Slavic Pride pin’s while performing live during the show.

Organisers vowed that their fight for freedom of assembly goes much further than among the LGBT community.

“We believe this is the best way for those who support democratic values in Europe and who take part in the show to bring support to human rights campaigners in Russia,” said Mr. Alekseev.

“The fight for Moscow Pride is very symptomatic of the fight for Human Rights values in this country,” he added.

To date, Russian authorities have banned over 167 events LGBT events. GayRussia indicated that all these bans have been or are in the process to be appealed to the European Court of Human Rights.

Moscow Pride organisers indicated that they will release their plans for May at the end of March.

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By Nicolas Alexeyev

Dear friends,

While all of you have heard about the International Day Against Homophobia which take place every May 17th since 2005, not all of you might be aware that the recent statement signed by 66 countries at the United Nations was an initial campaign of IDAHO.

In 2005, the IDAHO Committee launched the petition for the Universal Decriminalization of Homosexuality. This petition was signed by Nobel Prizes, Intellectuals, NGOs, Artists… Desmond Tutu, Elton John signed it for example. But more important, more than 20,000 individuals also signed it.

As of today, the European Parliament, France, Belgium, Costa Rica, Mexico, United Kingdom have all recognized May 17th in their calendar as the offical day against homophobia. And this week, a Luxembourg MP has put a motion to have his country joining the list. We are working with other countries to increase this list.

The IDAHO is already celebrated in more than 50 countries, each of them with each own specificity. Only, one common goal : Organizing actions against homophobia around May 17th.

If some of you want to join this initiative and become coordinator in their country, please send me an email. The IDAHO Committee is always happy to welcome new forces !

Best,
Nikolai

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IDAHO: http://www.idahomophobia.org/

Gay Russia Human Right Activities:

http://www.gayrussia.ru/en/project/about/

Gay Russia : http://www.gayrussia.ru/en/

Community Action Against Homophobia :

http://www.caah.org.au/idaho

Nicolas Alexeyev : contacts@gayrussia.ru

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Tin Joins Activists at UN to Press for Gay Rights in Russia, Belarus.

Letter is sent to the UN General Secretary after public protest.

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Louis-Georges Tin, the president of the International Day Against Homophobia committee, joined gay activists from Russia and Belarus on Monday at the United Nations to press for gay human rights in the two countries.

“I salute the determination of the LGBT activists from Russia and Belarus,” Mr. Tin told UK Gay News last evening.

“But,” he pointed out, “I regret that the UN Human Rights Commission has not given any firm commitment to solve the matter of Freedom of Assembly in their respective countries.”

On Sunday, the activists and Mr. Tin, who two years ago originated the concept of a United Nations declaration which came to fruition last December in New York, took part in a symbolic protest in front of the United Nations in Geneva.

“We came here to show that such event cannot be organized in our country,” said Nikolai Baev.

With banners reading “Russia and Belarus banned all gay manifestation. UN must act” and “Everyone has the right to freedom of assembly”, the activists handed-in a letter to the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

“The universal declaration for Human Rights says that anyone has the right to freedom of assembly and freedom of association. Since 2006 no action has been taken by the UN to guaranty Freedom of Assembly for LGBT in Russia and Belarus,” the letter reads.

Yesterday, the Russian-Belarusian delegation of gay activists, again accompanied by Mr. Tin, with the UN Human Rights High Commissioner office.

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“One of the conclusions we made after our meeting with this institution is that there is a gap between what we, as activists, face in our countries and what they usually know,” said Mr. Baev.

“We will keep putting pressure on all these human rights institutions,” Nikolai Alekseev added.

The meeting concluded five days of visits to the European institutions and the UN.

Russian gay community will picket the Embassy of Iran to protest against executions of homosexuals
Moscow, July 7, Interfax – Activists of Russian gay movement intend July 19 to picket the Embassy of Iran in Moscow for the third time to protest against prosecution of sexual minorities in that country.

“We sent letters to the President of Russia and Iran ambassador to Russia, and we picketed the Embassy of Iran in Moscow. This year should not be an exception. We need to continuously remind the state authorities [of Iran – IF] that the death penalty must be abolished,” Nikolay Alexeyev, the picket and Moscow gay parade initiator, said Monday to Interfax-Religion.

Russian gay community organized similar pickets in 2006 and 2007, on the day of execution by Iran authorities of two teenagers charged with homosexual relations in 2005. Alexeyev said that members of Russian gay movement had from the start “made continuous protests against this medievalism.”

Alexeyev also said that the notification of the picket at the Iran Embassy would be forwarded to the prefecture of the Central Administrative District of Moscow “in accordance with the applicable law and within the stipulated deadlines.”