Moscow mayor is at it again

Posted on 25 Jan 2010 at 4:11pm
Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov
Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has once again delcared that there will be no gay Pride parade in his city, calling such events “satanic.”

AFP News Service reports that Luzhkov told an education conference, “A gay parade… cannot be called anything but a Satanic act. We haven’t permitted such a parade and we won’t permit it in the future.”

Luzhkov first linked gay Pride with Satan back in 2007, leading LGBT rights activists there to sue him — unsuccessfully — for libel. This time around, Luzhkov also called for gay Pride marchers to be punished: “It’s high time that we stop propagating nonsense discussions about human rights, and bring to bear on them the full force and justice of the law.”

Gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev said Pride organizers are going ahead with their plans, despite Luzhkov’s declarations. Alexeyev said, “”We don’t plan to make any changes. We still plan to hold a gay parade on May 29.”

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