Apr 222013
Hyde Park in Moscow

In Moscow last week came into force the law on so-called "Hyde Park", where citizens can gather and hold rallies without notifying City Hall, but only for three days by notifying the Park Administration. The site is scheduled to open on May 1 and in Gorky Park in Sokolniki. Began accepting applications on April 15.

However, according to the newspaper Izvestia, the city authorities have banned a gay demonstration in Hyde Park to rally in support of the legalization of same-sex marriage.

"On April 19 was filed an application for holding a rally for the legalization of same-sex marriage. It was rejected as not corresponding to the regulations. However, as clarified in the administration of the Park, even timely submission does not guarantee permission to share. Decision on the themes capable of public response, accept the Department of regional security and internal affairs organs, "the newspaper wrote.

In addition, the authorities have banned a rally in Hyde Park of solidarity with Tibet's Buddhists and Hare Krishna public event.

However, in an interview with the newspaper Kommersant on April 18, the Deputy Head of the Department of regional security Moscow Vasily Oleinik said the Moscow authorities have said there are no "rules" taboo for Hyde Park.

"In principle there will be no restrictions. If the activity is contrary to Moscow or federal laws, appropriate measures will be taken, applicants may bring to justice. Otherwise a clear rules on topics not expected, "said the official, whose signature stands under several bans gay pride demonstration in Moscow.


Moscow authorities have banned a rally to support gay marriage in Hyde Park

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