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Moscow Mayor Vows To Ban 'Satanic' Gay Parade

Police and antigay protesters broke up last year's attempted rally. (File photo) (RFE/RL) January 29, 2007 -- Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has said he will not allow a gay parade to be held in the Russian capital this year.

Luzhkov was quoted today as comparing such an event to a "satanic act."

The event's organizers said today they had filed an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

They are asking for 20,000 euros ($25,845) in compensation for what they say is a violation of their freedom of assembly.

Luzkhov banned an attempt to hold the city's first gay and lesbian parade in 2006.

A group of gay rights activists tried to defy the ban, but their May rally was broken up by police, religious, and nationalist protesters.

(AFP, Interfax)