Moscow mayor candidate opposes Russia’s anti-gay laws
One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal opponents, Alexei Navalny, has told a Russian radio station he would allow gay pride marches if elected mayor of Moscow.
Navalny who is seeking the office of Moscow Mayor on an anti-corruption platform, told Moscow radio station Ekho Moskvy, “The constitution says that everyone can [demonstrate], and the mayor of Moscow cannot forbid it.
“I will adhere to the constitution. The constitution says all people have the right to demonstrate peacefully and unarmed.
“If everyone is clothed and marches in an orderly way with their slogans, I do not care at all what their sexual orientation is, where they are going and what they are saying.”
Navalny’s promises may have little value however, as according to Russian polls it is highly unlikely he will win the election, with the acting mayor Sergie Sobyanin most likely to remain in office.
Navalny was one of the key figures behind anti-Putin demonstrations around Putin's re-election in 2011.
On Friday President Putin signed a decree banning all demonstrations and rallies during the Olympics.