Russian judges rule gay pride ban illegal
Six judges from the Presidium of Kostroma Regional court in Russia have ruled that banning two gay pride rallies last year was illegal.
The judges made their decision after hearing evidence from gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev and the Russian officials that had banned the rallies.
The judges ruled that the rallies should have been allowed to go ahead and they denounced police claims that they would have been unable to ensure the safety of participants.
The judges ruled LGBTI people deserve a right to "freedom of expression and protection from discrimination".
Following the ruling, Alekseev announced he would be serving Kostroma with notice for a new Pride event.
Alekseev told Pink News: “It is our single biggest victory in the framework of the Russian judicial system. And it gives extra weight that the verdict was by the Bureau of the regional court - the highest court of the Russian Federation.”