Russia’s second-largest city, St Petersburg, must allow gay Pride marches to go ahead, the city court has ruled.
As in the country’s capital, Moscow, St Petersburg authorities have repeatedly banned gay marches and refused to give organisers alternative dates.
Gay campaigners wanted to hold a parade in St Petersburg last June and the city’s refusal to allow it was ruled illegal by the court. Organisers had applied for several different actions around the city in the hope that one would be permitted. The ban on another proposed action was also ruled illegal by the court.
The city court gave city authorities until November 1st to allow gay campaigners to organise an event and the city hall has said it will comply with the order, leading campaigners to believe they could soon hold the city’s first ever legal gay march.
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