The "Echo of Moscow" radio reports that Gay action's participants were detained by the police and scuffles with nationalists were prevented (automated translation here >>).
At 1 pm a dozen of gay activists arrived at the very centre of the Russian capital to lay a wreath on a grave of the Unknown Soldier. Reporter said that near Zhukov's monument a crowd of nationalists and religious clericals had been standing in wait to begin a scuffle with gay group. Anti-gay crowd had homophobic placards "Sodom no pasaran", "Beat fags", "Death to gays" and was chanting gay-hatred words. A scuffle was prevented.
Some gay activists managed to unveil near the entrance to the Red Square a placard "Russia free of homophobes". RIA "Novosti" confirms that some most aggressive opponents of the gay action were detained, though mobile reporters prove opposite. It is not a surprise, some mass media called the developments on the Red Square as "Homophobes' march".
On Tverskaya square the police had also detained few people. Mass media mention that from 7 to 40 and more people were detained by Moscow's police during this action.
Moscow based Helsinki group (MHG) condemned the gay action's dispersal by the police. The head of the MHG Lyudmila Alekseeva was cited by Newsru as saying on Saturday that it was the next violation of the freedom on peaceful demonstrations. "The action was peaceful until it was dispersed. The police had no right to disperse...".
Today a group of Russian and foreign gay activists has made unsuccessful attempt to hold several LGBT actions. Yesterday gay action's organizers declared that they would come to Alexander's Garden to lay a wreath on a grave of the Unknown Soldier and later to make a demonstration in front of the Moscow Mayor's office on Tverskaya square despite the City Hall's ban to perform this action and warnings from security forces. Since 2006 a group of gay activists from Russia and Europe is making void attempts to hold authorized gay actions in the end of May. From time to time the group promises to call 2000-5000 people to participate in it.
In October 2010 the European Court of Justice on the grounds of breaching articles 11, 13 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights declared illegal Moscow authorities's refusal to authorize gay processions in 2006-2008. However, this year Moscow City Hall again has denied the right to hold gay-parade. On the other hand, in the end of 2010 several district courts in Saint-Petersburg supported LGBT actions. At least 2 LGBT events were officially authorized in Saint-Petersburg.
English translation presented by Yerdna Bananes