Sergei Sobyanin declared that Gay Pride march was not useful.
During an interview on the radio Ecko Moskvy, a journalist asked him whether this year there could be a Gay Pride march, he answered: “I doubt it. ”
Then he added: “I have my own opinion on this. Moscow absolutely does not need this and I am not in favour of it.”
The Gay Pride march was already not authorized by the preceding mayor who saw gays and lesbians as “satanic”.
The European Court of the Human Rights already received complaints on this prohibitions by Nikolai Alekseev, a gay rights leader, in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Since 2006, the demonstrators tries to organize the Gay Pride facing prohibitions but each time there are violences. In May 2006, more than 120 people were arrested. In 2007, a British gay activist, Peter Tatchell, was severely beaten by the neo-Nazis. In 2008, the walkers said the police attacked them.