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Hundred-Year Ban on Gay Prides Taken to European Court

6 December 2012 

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Sexual minorities  Access to justice  European Court of Human Rights

The organizers of Moscow gay pride are lodging a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights against the banning of all gay pride parades for the next hundred years – from March 2012 to May 2112 - imposed by the capital’s authorities. 

In addition, the activists are demanding that the Moscow city government be found guilty of breaching three articles of the European Convention, and are also claiming compensation, according to Russian news agency Rosbalt (as cited by

On 23 August 2011 the organizers of Moscow gay pride, taking advantage of a loophole in Moscow’s current legislation on mass cultural events, gave the city government and Moscow’s Chief Directorate of Internal Affairs notice that they would be carrying out gay pride parades in 2012 and every year for the next hundred years.

Moscow city government refused to give permission for prides for the next hundred years, citing possible disorder and the opinion of the majority of the city’s inhabitants who are against such parades taking place. On 19th January this year Moscow’s Tver district court, under federal judge Yevgeny Komissarov, declared the authorities’ refusal to be lawful.