The ban on LGBTI pride parades for the next 100 years was upheld by a city court in Moscow last Friday.
Despite being fined by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in 2010 for banning pride parades, the district government has moved to continue outlawing any public gathering that could be classified as a gay pride march until May 2112.
Russian LGBTI advocate Nikolay Alekseyev (pictured) who successfully sued the city in the ECHR case, attempted to overturn the ban and has now announced that he will continue to appeal.
Alekseyey told reporters that he intends to challenge the ruling in Moscow’s highest court and if unsuccessful, the ECHR.
The Moscow city government claims that pride parade would risk causing public disorder and that such gatherings do not have the support of most Muscovites.
In September, the main human rights watchdog in Europe – the Council of Europe – will examine Russia’s response to the 2010 ECHR ruling, Russian media reports.