It was intended to take place in May annually since in the Russian capital Moscow, but has been regularly banned by Moscow City Hall , headed by Mayor Yuri Luzhkov until The demonstrations in , , and were all accompanied by homophobic attacks , which was avoided in by moving the site of the demonstration at the last minute. In June , Moscow courts enacted a hundred-year ban on gay pride parades. The Moscow Pride was banned by the authorities. The Moscow Mayor's chief of security, Nikolai Kulikov, stated in an interview on Echo Moskvy , a radio station, that the Gay Pride conference and festival would be banned because of the negative views of the Russian population towards it: "all public expressions [by gays and lesbians] must be banned [
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Russian activists announced the first government-permitted Gay Pride march, but less than hours later, local officials said they would not let the event go ahead, even in a town with a population of only seven people. The initial announcement, made by one of the country's most famous LGBT rights activists, followed a series of bids from campaigners to hold a Pride event in Russia, this year. In response to an application for holding a Pride event in the city of Novoulyanovsk, the founder of Gay Russia, Nikolai Alekseev, said he received a letter instructing him the event could take place if he moved it outside the city. The stated reason for the move was that the route "passes through the central part of the city of Novoulyanovsk… which is visited by a large number of citizens, including minors," according to the letter Alekseev posted on his social media account.
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R ussian gay rights campaigners are toasting Moscow's homophobic mayor, Yuri Luzhkov , after he ordered the banning and violent suppression of last Saturday's Slavic gay pride parade in the Russian capital — just hours before the Eurovision song contest was staged in the city. Slowly, we are eroding homophobic attitudes. Through this media visibility, we are helping to normalise queer existence.
Activists had planned to hold gatherings on May 1st and 2nd, during a holiday when the city celebrates Spring and Labor. Despite the ban, gay and lesbian rights activists pledged to march during the entire month of May, and express their Constitutional right to public assembly. Previous hearings have failed to overturn a city-wide ban on Gay pride parades.