Court invalidates ban on gay events in Kostroma

The Kostroma region's court presidium on Friday invalidated the ban of two rallies and a gay march in Kostroma, court press officer Yulia Medvedeva told Interfax.

The Kostroma region's court presidium on Friday invalidated the ban of two rallies and a gay march in Kostroma, court press officer Yulia Medvedeva told Interfax.

"The court presidium granted the cassation appeal filed by activist Nikolai Alekseyev and invalidated the cancellation of the events in Kostroma," she said.

In accordance with the decree, the Kostroma region's court presidium has reversed the decisions made by the Kostroma Sverdlovsky District Court and the Kostroma region's court, which upheld the ban imposed by the city administration on those events.

City officials may file an appeal with the Supreme Court, Medvedeva said.

According to earlier reports, the LGBT community planned to hold two rallies and one march in Kostroma in June 2013 to protest the local law banning the propaganda of homosexuality among minors. The Kostroma administration banned the events, saying that their participants intended to promote homosexuality and the police cannot ensure their safety. The authorities also said that the city administration had received letters from city residents who said they did not want the events to take place.

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