The Gay Pride of Moscow was ban during 3 times in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Nikolaï Alekseev, activist for LGBT rights, complaint at the European court who gives more rights and recognition for the community that some European countries.
For those who are not familiar with the process in Europe, a country has these own laws and then there are European laws and European laws win against the laws of a country.
That's why the European court can push a country to do something and even if the government of the country voted against.
That's what happened for Russia who have been condemned for the first time in October 2010 for the ban of Gay Prides in Moscow. The government had then appealed but the Court has just returned its verdict and reject this appeal.
“We are really satisfied that the European Court takes its decision really quickly and the judgment came into effect before the date of the sixth Gay pride planned in Moscow. We believed in this victory since the launching of the movement Gay Pride in Moscow.”
This decision came in a perfect timing because a Gay pride request for May 28th has just been deposited.
“The authorities of Moscow do not have anymore legal reasons to prohibit the public demonstrations. The new gay pride of Moscow will have to be authorized.”