City Hall has refused the LGBT community to host a gay pride in Moscow for seventh year in a row.
The action, scheduled for May 27, was supposed to mark 19 years since the criminal persecution of gay people had been abandoned in Russia.
This comes a day after an LGBT protest in St. Petersburg ended in violence. About 80 people, who took part in the event sanctioned by the local City Hall, came under attack from some hundred young people wearing masks. One of them started shooting using a stun gun.
The parade was also to function as a protest against recent anti-gay legislation adopted in various Russian regions. Among them is the law banning the promotion of homosexual lifestyles in the presence of children. LGBT activists in Russia call the law "homophobic," and say it violates their human rights.
Organizing pride parades has long been a big problem among activists in Russia’s gay community.
In July 2011, Russia paid 30,000 euros in compensation to gay activists over its decision to ban so-called pride marches. The fine was issued by the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled that the decision to repeatedly ban gay pride parades in 2006, 2007 and 2008 was unlawful.
The European ruling, however, did not help: the last attempted gay pride effort was dispersed by police in Moscow in May of 2011. More than 60 people, both supporters of LGBT rights and their opponents, were detained.