Gay pride parade application filed to Moscow city administration

Nikolai Alexeyev, an activist of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, has applied to the Moscow city administration for holding a gay pride parade and rally in the city center.

Alexeyev told Interfax they had applied for holding the parade and rally "either on May 25 or on May 26 to mark the 20th anniversary of the abolition of criminal prosecution of homosexuality in Russia due on May 27."

"The application declared our intention to march along Myasnitskaya Street from Chistye Prudy to Lubyanka and to have a rally on Revolution Square opposite of the Bolshoi Theater. We stated the expected number of participants at up to 1,000," Alexeyev said.

He also said the gay pride parade organizers would file notices of two pickets in support of the LGBT community on Tverskaya Square and in Novopushkinsky Garden later on Monday.

"We plan to file a notice to the Khimki administration where a court passed a gay pride parade ruling in our favor a year ago. If we fail to obtain permission to hold the gay pride parade where we want it, we are ready to consider "hyde parks" as a possible venue," Alexeyev said.

The authorities denied permission to the previous actions, which were held illegally.

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