Local Gay Activist Returns from Russia Pride Events

June 7, 2010

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Volker Beck, a German member of the EU parliament, is the only politician who supported the Pride Parade since day one.

Last month organizers of the Moscow Pride March had their best event ever. No one was beaten and no one was arrested.

It's the fifth year in row that the march's principal organizer, Nicholai Alexai has challenged Moskow Mayor Yuri Luzkov, whose office denied the organizers a permit to march.

It may be the last year Luzkov can deny pride marchers a permit.

Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation network was in Moskow for his second pride march…