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Belarusian Court Fines, Releases Participants Arrested at Slavic Gay Pride
 Next year Slavic Pride in St. Petersburg

 
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MINSK, May 17, 2010    The seven Belarusian and Russian gay activists, who spent the weekend in police custody follow their arrest during Saturday’s banned Slavic Gay Pride march, have been released.

But a court in the Belarus capital ordered each to pay a fine of 17,500 Belarus rouble fine (about $US 6.00 or £4.00).

Among those arrested by the police were two of the St. Petersburg Gay Pride organisers, Alexander Sheremetyev and Dmintry Milkovo who joined 20 other Russian who travelled to Minsk to support Slavic Pride

Next year, Slavic Pride will be staged in St. Petersburg on a date to be announced in mid-May.

A Pride spokesperson told UK Gay News it is was hoped to stage next year’s event “around the time that International Day against Homophobia is commemorated”.

The Russian-Belarusian Organising Committee approved the candidature of St Petersburg to host Slavic Gay Pride following it’s the approval of an application fron the St. Petersburg group Equality.

Maria Efremenkova, the leader of Equality and chair of St. Petersburg Gay Pride, said: “~It’s an honor for our group to be asked to organise next year’s event.  We will do everything possible to make it a success and attract the maximum attention to the problem of violations of the rights of sexual minorities in Russia and Belarus”.

The Slavic Gay Pride was founded by Russian and Belarusian gay activists from the LGBT Human Rights Projects GayRussia.Ru and GayBelarus.By in November 2008 in Minsk.  Their first Pride was in Moscow last May during the Eurovision Song Contest finals – and the planned peaceful march was banned.

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Brave Gay Activists Stage Pride March in Minsk but Were Met By Violent Police Action.  Belarus had its first Gay Pride March this afternoon.  But after some 200 metres, it was broken up by the riot police, with twelve participants arrested after scenes of reported police violence.  (UK Gay News, May 15, 2010)

No Restriction on Private Gay Events, Belarus MPs Tell French Parliamentarians.  By Teo Valenti in Paris.   MPs from Belarus have told their French counterparts that the decision to ban the Baltic Gay Pride parade in Minsk tomorrow was taken by the city authorities.  (UK Gay News, May 14, 2010)

Blogging from Belarus and Slavic Gay Pride. (UK Gay News, May 14, 2010)

IDAHO Committee Strongly Condemns Ban of Slavic Gay Pride in Minsk.  The IDAHO Committee of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) has asked Jérôme Lambert, member of the French Parliament and President of the France/Belarus friendship group, to raise the issue of the ban of the planned peaceful Slavic Gay Pride event due to be held on Saturday with the delegation of Belarusian MPs visiting France this week.  (UK Gay News, May 12, 2010)

Minsk Authorities Ban Next Weekend’s Slavic Gay Pride.  The city authorities have banned next weekend’s Slavic Gay Pride March, using an obscure law that says public events are not allowed near underground pedestrian crossings and metro stations.  (UK Gay News, May 8, 2010)

Slavic Gay Pride Organisers Appeal to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.  Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, was asked yesterday to personally intervene in the process of consideration of the application for the Slavic Pride march planned for May 15.  In a letter, from Belarusian and Russian gay activists, also asked the President to back the recognition of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Belarus.  (UK Gay News, May 7, 2010)

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Posted: 17 May 2010 at 13:00 (UK time)

   
             
       

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