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Russian Gay Groups Sue Moscow Officials In European Court

Attempts by gay activists to march in Moscow are routinely broken up by police.
MOSCOW -- Russian gay and lesbian organizations have filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg against the Moscow city authorities for rejecting their requests for marches and rallies, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The organizations said that the Moscow authorities have violated their civil rights by banning rallies and other gatherings, including a march in May 2009.

They want Moscow's city administration to pay 200,000 euros ($270,000) in compensation.

The Strasbourg court has already received three lawsuits from gay and lesbian groups about Moscow officials' decision to ban their parades in the Russian capital in 2006, 2007, and 2008. The court has not yet scheduled hearings on those cases.