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Moscow Court Upholds 100-Year Ban on LGBT Pride Events

rainbow pride flagFor the second time, the Moscow City Court has confirmed its century-long ban on LGBT pride events in the Russian capital.

The court rejected an appeal by Russian gay rights community organizer Nikolai Alekseyev to reconsider the ruling. Alekseyev tells Interfax news his group will “contest the authorities’ action” in the near future.

The court’s decision coincides with continuing anti-LGBT controversy in St Petersburg, where at least 74 people have already been fined under the city’s homosexual “propaganda” law.

The law, which is being used as a model for proposed national legislation, imposes fines for spreading homosexual "propaganda" that might "damage the health, moral and spiritual development" of minors.

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