Gay Pride Organisers Alekseev and Two Others Await Court  – 15 Days In Prison Expected




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Moscow Pride:  A Photo EssayEight photographs from l Moscow Pride. 2007

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Moscow Gay Pride Organiser Khramov Found Guilty.  One of the three organisers of Moscow Pride has escaped a jail sentence and was fined when found guilty this afternoon in a Moscow court which threw-out evidence, given at a previous hearing by a number of MPs from Europe, as “frivolous”.  (UK Gay News, June 8)

Portuguese Gay Group Slams Russia, the EU and Portugal’s PM Over Moscow Pride.  The Portuguese gay and lesbian group Panteras Rosa (Pink Panthers) today hit out against the Russian authorities after the weekend’s violence in Moscow during Gay Pride.  (UK Gay News, May 29).

European Union Must Impose Travel Ban on Moscow Mayor of Gay Pride Trouble – Greens.  The British Green Party has today called for a European Union travel ban on the Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, following violence in the streets of the capital on Sunday during Gay Pride – and heavy-handed police tactics which saw many arrests.  (UK Gay News, May 28)

May 28:  USA:    Beach, or Beaten in Moscow?  Commentary by Sara Whitman.  I sat at the beach today, and wondered how many people thought Allan and I, with Zachary in tow, thought we were heterosexual.  Okay, Allan in his tiny Speedo and me in my giant one piece Speedo and, of course, gym shorts, were not exactly looking incredibly straight but the image was enough to bother me.  I had read this morning that over thirty gay activists had been arrested in Moscow.

May 28:  UK/Russia:  London Mayor Appeals to Moscow For End of Gay Pride Ban.   Following yesterday’ violence against lesbian and gay rights demonstrators in Moscow – and the arrest of several of the demonstrators – the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has this morning written to his Moscow counterpart Mayor Luzhkov urging that no charges be brought against those who were demonstrating for lesbian and gay rights.

May 28:  Russia:  Ahwazi Arabs Condemn Arrest of Gay Rights Demonstrators in Moscow.  Ahwazi Arab activists last night condemned the treatment of gay rights activist Peter Tatchell and other demonstrators in Moscow yesterday.

May 27:  Russia:  Arrested Gay Pride Activist Asks World for Help.  From inside the Tverskoye police station, where he is being detained, Nikolai Alekseev – one of the Moscow Gay Pride organisers and its spokesperson – has issued a statement asking for international support and for the immediate release of all the gays activists currently being held.

May 27:  Russia  Moscow Gay Pride: Dispatches from the Front There was trouble in Moscow today when participants at Gay Pride,, led by a number of European politicians, tried to deliver a letter of protest to Mayor Yuri Luzhkov at City Hall.  Violence flared as they faced groups of neo-Facist thugs, religious groups, aggressive police and the OMON.  This is a "record" of the dispatches received by UK Gay News from many sources.

May 27:  Russia Tatchell at Moscow Gay Pride: We Are In This Fight Together.  Greetings!  I bring you a message of comradeship and solidarity from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex [LGBTI] human rights organizations OutRage! in London.  Your struggle is our struggle. This is the full text of Peter Tatchell's keynote speech to the Moscow Gay Pride Conference yesterday

May 27: 
Moscow Gay Pride 2006: Where Were the Human Rights Campaigners? The Same Question Can be Asked Today The following commentary by was written a year ago.  Has the situation changed?  The stark answer is: “Not really”.   Ludmila Alekseeva of the Moscow Helsinki Group and Lev Ponomarev of the Movement for Human Rights have both declined to come, just as last year.

May 26:  Russia Moscow Gay Pride Blog.

May 26:  Russia Moscow City Hall Quiet as 120 Journalists Check In For Moscow Gay Pride.  With Gay Pride about to start, Moscow is surprisingly quiet.  Not a single official statement has been released by Mayor of Moscow, unlike at the same time last year.

May 25:  Russia Tatchell: The Right To Hold Moscow Pride Is Not Just an Issue of Gay, Lesbian Rights International solidarity can help give a psychological and practical boost to local LGBT activists, Peter Tatchell said shortly after arriving in Moscow for the city’s second Gay Pride.

May 25:  Russia
She Promises, She Delivers – Vladimir Luxuria in Moscow for Gay Pride.  An interview with Europe's first trangendered politician.




MOSCOW, May 28, 2007  –  Nikolai Alekseev and two colleagues from Moscow Gay Pride are spending tonight in police custody at they await a court appearance later this morning.

The three has been moved to another police station, friends are reporting.

Volker Beck, the Green Party member of the German Bundestag who himself was arrested briefly yesterday afternoon, spent all last calling his contacts in both Germany and Russia trying to get legal assistance to the “Moscow Gay Pride Three” who are to appear in court at 11am Moscow time (8am UK; 3am New York).

“We really fear that Nikolai Alekseev will be sent to prison for 15 days as the “figurehead” of the Gay Pride organising team,” friends said in an email to UK Gay News.  They asked not to be identified for fear of possible retaliation by officials, but two of them are known to this website.

“Unofficially, we received confirmation that this is what the General Prosecutor already asked.  We are not very optimistic about the result of the court hearing.  We can say that all three have been provided with legal assistance.

“Ludmila Alekseeva from the Moscow Helsinki Group was reached by phone and contacted the head of the police station as well as a lawyer.  Unfortunately, in between, the  three detained were moved to another police station.”

The friends said that Mr. Alekseev had eventually been contacted last night – and he had spoken to the Italian MEP Marko Cappato and to Herr Beck.

“We are now waiting for the court hearing – and there is little more that we can say at this stage,” they said.

“But it becoming very clear that orders are being given to court and militia directly from Kremlin,” they alleged.

It appears that the Russian authorities have been unofficially told that a campaign could be mounted in Western Europe to pressure the European members of the International Olympic Committee to vote against the Sochi bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Some MEPs are even considering a bid in the European Parliament to table a resolution to block Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and other city officials from entering the European Union.

Tonight, Mr. Alekseev’s friends say that they can only remind everyone of the words of Dutch MEP Sophie In’t Veld at Friday’s Gay Pride conference:  “Human Rights are indivisible – there is no such thing as Human Rights ‘lite’.  You cannot pick and choose.”


Posted: 28 May 2007 at 00:00 UK time


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