2010: Fifth Moscow Pride on May 29
Fifth Pride attempt was still banned with the bans of the different public actins applied by the organizers upheld by two different courts on the 2 days before the action.
Organizers made their plans about the format of the event only a few days before the planned event. The main driver was to avoid violence and police arrest for all participants, thus, trying to have a peaceful and safe action and finally showing that it can be possible to have a Pride in Moscow.
The format was pretty much close to the one used in 2008. The Pride took place on a symbolical location, on Leningradsky Chosse from the Belaruskaya Railway Station. The aim was to symbolize the participation of Pride organizers from Minsk and St Petersburg to this fifth Moscow Pride.
Media were met 2 hours ahead in Moscow and drove around the city until the police stopped to follow the bus. At 1pm, Pride participants started to March with a large rainbow flag made in Belarus. A few foreigners were invited by the organizers namely Louis Georges Tin, President of the IDAHO Committee, Peter Tatchell from OutRage, Andy Thayer from Gay Liberation Network and Volker Beck, Member of Bundestag. The March lasted approximately 10 minutes and the participants dispersed once the first police car arrived on the spot. No one was injured or arrested and it remains to date, the most successful Pride.
Two days before the Pride, a representative of the Moscow City Hall confirmed to the organizers off record that "Everyone would allow your event at the city hall, but there is Luzhkov".
A video shows the action organized on the day of the Pride by the gay activists.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1993, President Boris Yeltsin signed a decree which repealed the law forbidding male homosexuality. Starting from 2006, Russian gay rights activists started to celebrate this date by attempting to organize an annual gay rights march known as Moscow Gay Pride. The first edition was banned and marred with violence. It was reffered as the first Russian Stonewall.
This day was founded in 2004 by French Academic Louis-Georges Tin to mark the anniversary of the declassification of homosexuality from the list of disease by the World Health Organization. Russian LGBT have been celebrating this day every year since 2005 under the leadership of Project GayRussia which was itself founded on May 17, 2005. GayRussia is Russia's coordinator of IDAHO.
Following Moscow in May 2009, Minsk was the second capital to host the Slavic Gay Pride. The March was banned and marred with violence but it did not prevent two dozens of Pride organizers from Moscow, Minsk and St. Petersburg to march over 300 meters waiving a 10meters long rainbow flag. 11 participants including some of the organizers were brutally arrested by police forces.
2009 marked the launch of GayRussia's campaign for the opening of same-sex union of gays and lesbians in Russia. While the Constitutional Court already expressd the opinion that marriage is between a man and a woman, activists believe that the lack of partnership or marriage for gay couples is a strong point to impose legislative changes via a decision of the European Court of Human Rights.
The five-judge panel of the Grand Chamber of the Court rejected the appeal of the Russian Federation in the Moscow Pride Ban case. The decision given on October 21 is final. By repeatedly banning Gay Pride Marches as well as other LGBT themed public action, Russia breached the European Convention on Human Rights.