Moscow City Court has upheld a decision to ban gay pride parades in Russia’s capital – until May 2112.
The decision is in line with earlier rulings by the Tverskoy district court and the Moscow municipal government.
The rulings were made after Nikolai Alexeyev, the leader of GLBT advocacy group GayRussia, submitted 102 applications to hold GLBT parades every year for the next century.
Permission to stage such events has long been denied by the Moscow government. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin says pride events will offend many Russians’ religious beliefs, while his predecessor Yuri Luzhkov has described pride events as “Satanic”.
In 2010, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that earlier pride march bans made by the Russian government were a violation of the constitutionally protected right to freedom of assembly.
But this latest ruling shows no progress by Russian authorities on the issue.
“They refuse our requests every time, but in Strasbourg they recognize these rulings as unlawful,” Alexeyev said in a statement.
“But time does not stand still, we ask for a new event and again they refuse us.”
This is just the latest anti-GLBT ruling made by Russian authorities. In February, St Petersburg banned “promotion” of GLBT identities among minors – for which Alexeyev was convicted in May.
Last week, 40 gay rights protesters were arrested in Moscow.
“It’s a matter of grave concern that Moscow’s municipal government has again marginalised the city’s gay community,” Stonewall international officer Jasmine O’Connor told news outlets.
“It’s another sign of the dire situation for Russia’s 8.5 million lesbian, gay and bisexual people, whose human rights are routinely abused by the government and police.”
Alexeyev plans to appeal the decision at the Moscow City Court Presidium and the ECHR.