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Russian Activist’s Whereabouts Still Unknown

Jim Burroway

September 16th, 2010

Nikolai AlekseevThe web site of GayRussia.ru, which reported that Moscow-based LGBT activist Nikolai Alekseev has been detained by the FSB (the former KGB) appears to have been crippled as of this writing, possibly as a result of some some sort of attack. Meanwhile, several of us have received an email from Alekseev’s email account saying that he is “relatively free” somewhere outside of Moscow and is safe. However, it is believed that the FSB has access to his computer and email address list, so such messages are being taken with a huge grain of salt.

UK Gay News was able to obtain an English translation of a note that had been posted to GayRussia.ru before the web site became crippled. The entire translated note has been posted on UK Gay News:

MOSCOW, September 16, 2010 (GayRussia)  –  Russian authorities have detained the organiser of Moscow Gay Pride, Nikolai Alekseev, and are requiring him to abandon a picket, demanding the resignation of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.

The authorities are also demanding that he withdraws lawsuits lodged with the European Court of Human Rights over the banning of Moscow Gay Prides over the past five years.

“They demanded of me to give up on the picket Luzhkov and withdraw a complaint by the gay pride of European court” Mr. Alekseev said today at 6:00 am.

Later, at 8 am, he clarified that he is no longer held in Domodedovo Airport, where he was detained at the airport yesterday evening.

“I cannot say where [I am], but not in Moscow,” he said when asked about his whereabouts.

It is unclear from that post how Alekseev was able to communicate the GayRussia.ru reporter. One Russian-language news report says that Alekseev is being held in Minsk.

LGBT activist Nikolai Baev suggested that Alekseev’s detention is linked to announced plans to hold a demonstration calling for the resignation of Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov. who has consistently denied the group permission to hold Gay Pride rallies for the past several years. Luzhkov has denounced homosexuality as “Satanic” and insists that there will never be a gay pride march in Moscow. Russian activists have lodged a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights over the parade bans.

Alekseev was detained yesterday at Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport as he was about to board Swiss Air flight LX 1337 to Geneva. According a news report conveyed by the LGBT website Anti-Dogma, Russia’s Interior Ministry told ITAR-TASS that Alekseev was detained by airport security following an incident that he supposedly instigated at the airport. Baev told GayRussia.ru that he suspects that Alekseev may be undergoing psychological pressure and possible torture in an attempt to get him to drop the lawsuits.

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Ben in Oakland
September 16th, 2010 | LINK

somethings never change. Mother russia, when will you grow up?

Emily K
September 16th, 2010 | LINK

O, Mother Russia, it is no wonder my ancestors fled you 100 years ago.

Regan DuCasse
September 16th, 2010 | LINK

I find it interesting that the Christianists will point to those in foreign countries who they think have been persecuted by the ‘militant homosexual agenda’ in other countries. Such as in Canada.

But we have examples of out gay advocates actually having been killed or disappeared. At the very least, there are those hideous photos of two young teens in Iran being publicly hanged.

We have the shooting in a Tel Aviv support meeting for gay kids with two fatalities.

Even here, the only clergy that have been prosecuted by their churches, or dismissed from their jobs, have been those supportive of gay people or who officiated ss weddings.

And we can list many young teens, bullied with anti gay epithet and assault, who have committed suicide.

I know of no equivalence in casualties coming from the other side. Where the violence against gay people actually has it’s roots in a socio/political movement, whereas no gay agenda includes the torment of non gay children, or silencing the anti gay.

If only it occurred to THEM, that their rhetoric effectively silences young people to their graves. If only it could occur to them to silence that rhetoric, that it could save lives.

They are hardly so silent as the tears that THEY don’t have to shed.

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