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Russia Update: February 25 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Arkhangelsk Authorities Renege on Permission for LGBT Parade
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When the authorities of Arkhangelsk, a town 980 kilometers to the north of Moscow, initially gave permission for an LGBT rally, it seemed to good to be true -- and then wasn't, Novaya Gazeta reports. It was going to be the first such gay parade in the history of this conservative town, but then after the media attention that gave with this unprecedented move, the mayor's office backed down, says FlashNord.

As reports, in a letter to the parade organizers, Irina Orlova, deputy mayor for social issues, invoked some technicalities. Originally, the LGBT group had filed for a permit for February 25 and said they wanted to discuss at the rally a recent Constitutional Court decision regarding a Russian law banning distribution of gay literature. They were granted permission but then told another mass charity action which had been previously scheduled for the same place meant the LGBT action had to move.

Orlova then said she didn't receive a response back in time to this request and had to withdraw the permit, although organizers said they had sent a telegram accepting the offer to move the march. Orlov said she couldn't identify the author of the telegram.

Nikolai Alekseyev published the correspondence on his VKontakte page.

The group plans to appeal the rejection, which is the 6th they have received in attempts to gain permission for a gay parade in Arkhangelsk.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick