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Russia’s eldest human rights group not to take part in the LGBT briefing

Moscow, May 15, Interfax - The Moscow Helsinki Group's executive director Nina Tagankina has refused to take part in a press conference on gay pride parade.

However, when the journalists asked her why, she answered, ‘No comments.’

The gay pride organizer Nikolay Alexeyev guessed that it was probably due to the fact that Alexey Mitrofanov, a member of the State Duma and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, participated in the same press conference.

Mitrofanov said that there were ‘no legal reasons to ban the gay pride.’ ‘Banning the pride is a mistake legally and diplomatically,’ he said.

The MP added that if the Moscow government banned the pride he could not join it, but it they allow it as a human rights walk, he would surely take his part in it.

According to him, the gay parade will be attended by the Tatu group and some oversees guests.

http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=3043
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http://www.javno.com/en/world/clanak.php?id=44358
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Thanks for the info, Sakuya. Thumb

It would be really great if t.A.T.u. attended, the gay parade in Moscow is a really big deal, very political, very controversial, all the debates, restrictions etc. surrounding it show that gays and lesbians are far from being treated equally in Russia. It could be dangerous, though, if you remember what happened at last year's parade. Half Frown

The Javno.com article (see above) states that according to Mr. Mitrofanov "Tatu ... would attend the parade or preceding gay pride events." So we'll see.

Here's another article about it, no mention of t.A.T.u., though:

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Moscow Pride organisers unveil plans

14th May 2997 12:45
Seth Ewin



Moscow Gay Pride organisers handed in the official documents this morning relating to the march scheduled for May 27th.

Last week State Duma Deputy Alexey Mitrofanov said the event should be allowed to go ahead.

To show his support Mitrofanov will be attending a press conference tomorrow, where Pride organisers will give details of the event.

Official notification of the proposed march in the city centre was delivered this morning to the office of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.

Mayor Luzhkov banned the Moscow Pride event planned for May last year. Gay rights activist defied the ban, despite large numbers of vigilantes, tear gas and riot police.

The Mayor has already indicated that he will not permit this month’s march.

The march on 27th May, the day of the 14th anniversary since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Russia , is planned to start close to Moscow's main Post Office at 3pm.

President Putin is being asked to permit a small-scale event between 1 and 2pm in Alexandrovsky Garden next to Kremlin Walls.

“This year it will be attended not only by foreign but also Russian politicians and famous mainstream human rights activists." said Nicolas Alexeyev, Moscow Pride organiser.

"We welcome the participation not only of homosexual people but also of heterosexuals who share the principles of respect for the rights and liberties of all people irrespective of their personal characteristics.”

Mr Alexeyev was arrested last year by police when he and other campaigners including Peter Tatchell defied the ban on the Pride march by gathering by the Kremlin in Manezhnaya Square.

Source: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-4372.html


More info about the controversy and last year's violent incidents:
Russian MPs speak in favour of Moscow Pride
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-4353.html

Alexei Mitrofanov is not only a state representative in the Duma, but also the author of "t.A.T.u come back" (the novel the t.A.T.u. movie is based on), and an acquaintance of both Yulia and Lena, you've probably seen him: http://www.tatu.ru/gimg/1847.jpg

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muh what bothers me about Mitrofanov is that he seems to think he's in charge of tatu. Half Frown

It would be great if they did appear though.
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^^ Exactly. It would be quite interesting to see them make an appearance. I kinda have my doubts, though.
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I think it would be great if they did. Each famous person that shows support of all humans' equal rights is important, and t.A.T.u. could surely contribute to that. So it's my wish that they would do something like that.
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I agree, tatu would be able to contribute to that. Hopefully they will make an appearance. *keeps fingers crossed*
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But then people would surely bring up the "Well, are they lesbians, then?" thing, and that's just...old. Though I do agree with you, Maraja, that just having celebrities there shows that human rights in general are important. I just hope that if they do make an appearance, people will focus on the cause and not the sexuality of the girls.
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A message from Lena and Yulia on Tatu.ru:

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May, 17

Dear friends!

We are addressing gay community in Russia and in the rest of the world in relation to Gay Parade being organized in Moscow on May, 26-27.

We’re now in Los Angeles recording the new album. As always, our music will be about people and standing for people, about love and standing for love. We think that every person should express his or her love to another person in the way these two people wish, and no third parties may interfere with their dogmas. We are supporting people disregarding their sexual orientation or any other differences.

When t.A.T.u.’s second album came out, many of our fans of alternative sexual orientation thought that we lied and betrayed them. This is not true! We’ve never done that and we’ve always advocated love without boundaries.

We will really try to take a time-out in recording and come to Moscow to support you.

Yours,
Julia and Lena, t.A.T.u.

http://www.tatu.ru/news.html?id=515&l=en


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w00t Awesome! Supportive, right-on! Love without boundaries.

Thanks xena225!
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PinkNews.co.uk wrote:
Russian pop duo tATu support Moscow Pride

17th May 2007 14:13
PinkNews.co.uk writer

Pop band t.A.T.u. have released a statement on their official website announcing they want to attend Moscow Pride.

This year's event on 27th May is widely expected to be banned by the city authorities, though no official decision has been relayed to the organisers.

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has vowed never to allow a gay march in the city, and dubbed gay activists "Satanic."

t.A.T.u. became international stars in 2003 and are Russia's most successful international act.

Their statement of support was also sent to the organisers of Moscow Pride.

"We appeal to the gay community of Russia in the light of the organization of the gay parade in Moscow on May 26-27," they wrote.

"We are now in Los Angeles, recording our new album. As always, our music will be about people and in favor of people, about love and for love. We think that every person has the right to express his love to other person in the way those two want and no one third should interfere with his dogmas. We support people irrespective of their sexual orientation and any other differences."

The duo were heavily criticised for playing on a male sexual fantasy by pretending to be lesbians in order to boost their press coverage and popularity. They dealt with the issue in their statement:

"When the second disc of t.A.T.u. was released many of our fans of alternative sexual orientation decided that we cheated and betrayed them. This is not true. We never betrayed you and always preached love without limitations.

"We will do all we can to temporary stop the work on our new album and arrive to Moscow to support you. Your Yulya and Lena, t.A.T.u."

Organiser of Moscow gay pride Nicolas Alexeyev said he was delighted about the support and participation of the famous group.

"This is a grandiose success for all who is fighting for equality for LGBT people and those who for many months tries to realize one’s constitutional rights.

"Such a huge support for our gay pride this year shows that we are being trusted and that society starts to change. We are convinced that the participation of t.A.T.u. will attract many more people who value freedom and democracy in Russia to our civil action.”

Source: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-4407.html


UKGayNews.org:
World Famous t.A.T.u. To Take Part in Moscow Gay Pride?
http://www.ukgaynews.org.uk/Archive/07/May/1704.htm
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YES!
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Thanks so much, Sakuya! Thumb

Its also posted here:

World Famous t.A.T.u. To Take Part in Moscow Gay Pride
Girls are ready to return to Moscow from Los Angeles to support Moscow Pride
http://www.gayrussia.ru/en/news/detail.php?ID=9191

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Wow, they're actually going to attend.

Thanks for the info xena225 and Sakuya. Smile
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Thats fantastic Thumb Hope everything goes well :]
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Yay!! Way to go girls!! :cheers:


Oh, and that means more pictures for us, hohohoho!!! Devil Grin
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t.A.T.u. showing their support does not only guarantee more media coverage, it's not just a show of moral support for the organizers and the gay community, there will probably also be a lot of t.A.T.u. fans attending this year, or people who show up just to gawk at Lena and Yulia. I really hope everything will work out fine. The violence and the homophobic slurs at last years' event are still fresh in my mind. Half Frown
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I wonder if tatu have the guts to show there. Parade is prohibited by Moscow authorities, being called "satanic" by Moscow mayor and Russian orthodox. Some organizations said they gonna spill gay blood. Frown
Fcuking liudi-invalidi. Rolleyes
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OMG is it that dangerous?? Maybe they shouldn't go, what if something bad happens?? Frown
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Another article:

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Moscow Pride Banned Again
By: DOUG IRELAND
05/17/2007


While Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov was in London to meet his European peers, Nikolai Alexeyev (center, at top), flanked by Peter Tatchell of OutRage! (left) and London Assemblymember Darren Johnson, protests. During that protest, Alexeyev, seen unfurling a Pride banner, was assaulted by Luzhkov's press secretary. Liberal Democratic Party Duma member Alexei Mitrofanov (at bottom) sees a dangerous precedent from banning the Gay Rights March.




The Moscow Gay Pride Parade has again been banned, the city's authorities announced on Tuesday this week, just one day after organizers formally submitted documents requesting a permit for the May 27 celebration, Reuters and the Russian news agencies Interfax and Novosti reported.

In a press conference the same day, leaders of the Moscow Pride event vowed to hold their march anyway.

A planned Pride March in St. Petersburg on the city's main street, Nevski Prospect - the first-ever such event planned in Russia's second-largest city - was also banned by municipal authorities there on Wednesday, according the Regnum news agency. St. Petersburg organizers have not yet decided whether to go ahead with their march despite the ban.

Last year's attempt to hold a Moscow Pride demonstration following a similar ban was broken up by police, who allowed fascist skinheads and Russian Orthodox religious extremists to violently attack the gay contingent, injuring a number of participants - including openly gay European political figures who had come to Moscow in support. Volker Beck, a member of Germany's Bundestag, its parliament, was among those hurt. (See this reporter's article, "Police, Fascists Crush Moscow Pride," ( http://gaycitynews.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=17008413&BRD=2729&PAG=461&dept_id=568864&rfi=8 ) June 1-7, 2006.)

In January, Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, calling the Pride events "satanic," vowed to repeat last year's ban in 2007.

"We did not let the parade take place then, and we are not going to allow it in the future," Luzhkov told a meeting in the Kremlin Palace. He went on to say, "Last year, Moscow came under unprecedented pressure to sanction the gay parade, which can be described in no other way than as satanic."

At the time, Luzhkov blamed the West for trying to promote gay relationships under the cover of freedom of expression.

"Religious thinkers throughout the world have said that the West has reached a crisis of faith," the mayor said. "Some European nations bless single-sex marriages and introduce sexual guides in schools - such things are a deadly moral poison for children."

Luzhkov's statements were followed by ambiguous comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Asked at a February press conference for his opinion about gay pride events, Reuters reported that Putin said, "My approach toward gay parades and sexual minorities is very simple. It is directly linked to my responsibilities. One of the key problems of our country is the demographic problem." At that point, Reuters reported, "The auditorium exploded in laughter and applause. The Kremlin leader quickly added, 'I respect the freedom of people in all respects.'" Putin's public comments were the first ever by a Russian head of state about homosexuality, but it remains unclear whether his intention was to jokingly dismiss gays as a cause of his country's plummeting birthrate or, as in his after-thought, to generalize about freedom. (See this reporter's February 8-14, 2007, story, "Russia's Putin Signals Support for Gay Rights.) ( http://gaycitynews.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17828160&BRD=2729&PAG=461&dept_id=568864&rfi=6 )

At Tuesday's press conference by Moscow Pride organizers announcing their determination to march, a member of the Russian State Duma, or parliament, Alexei Mitrofanov of the Liberal Democratic party - who is deputy head of the Committee on Constitutional Legislation - told reporters that blocking the Gay Pride Parade set a dangerous precedent that would lead to bans on demonstrations by other minorities and opposition groups that the authorities dislike.

"There are no reasons, none, for refusing to allow such a peaceful march," Mitrofanov said. "It's not extremist activity, it's not prohibited in the Constitution."

Mitrofanov added that Russian pop duo Tatu - who shot to world fame in 2003 partly thanks to their teen lesbian image - would attend the parade or the preceding Gay Pride events, which begin on May 26.

Moscow Pride chief organizer Nikolai Alexeev- who was arrested at last year's attempted Pride demonstration - said that police arrived shortly before the start of this week's Pride press conference saying they wanted to stay and listen. Reuters reported that the press conference "was also disrupted by a homophobic tirade by a journalist who compared homosexuals to pedophiles and a second who quoted the Bible and said Russia shouldn't imitate Western values."

Alexeev then reiterated that the Pride March will held despite its interdiction.

"In May last year, the homophobic hysteria of the Moscow mayor led to massive violations of the rights of homosexual people in Russia - he gave carte blanche to fascists, ultra-nationalists, and religious extremists to attack gay people without fear of being punished," Alexeev declared, adding: "Whatever the stance of the Moscow mayor, we are going ahead with plans for a second Moscow Gay Pride on May 27."

"The movement of gay pride is a very important rights campaign across the whole of Russia," Nikolai Baev, another of the Pride March's organizers, told the press conference. "It's an unavoidable, natural way for the development of civil society."

Pride organizers have a lawsuit against Luzhkov's ban pending before the European Court of Human Rights, which on May 3 moved against Poland on similar grounds. Whether such a decision could be enforced in Moscow is another matter.

This year's march risks being violently attacked once again. The newspaper Kommersant reported on May 16 that representatives from Orthodox Christian organizations had said that they would "spill gay blood" if the Pride parade were permitted.

The ultra-right People's Union has planned a counter-demonstration "in defense of Christian Orthodox culture and traditional lifestyles," the Interfax news agency reported on Monday.

In March, a spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church's Moscow Patriarchy, reiterated his church's opposition to the Pride March and its support for the ban on it.

"Society has rejected homosexual propaganda, which triggers resentment and protest," Vsevelod Chaplin, head of the Moscow Patriarchy's external relations department, told the Novosti news agency on March 20. "Authorities must listen more attentively to public opinion, rather than those expressed by some foreign groups or a handful of vociferous propagandists of homosexuality."

The chairman of Russia's Central Muslim Spiritual Directorate, Mufti Talgat Tajuddin, said last year that gay pride participants "should be flogged" since they "crossed the limit - having an abnormal sexual orientation is a crime against God."

Two heterosexual politicians have joined the organizing committee for this year's Moscow Pride - Edward Murzin, a parliamentarian from the Bashkortostan region of Russia, and Nikolai Khramov, leader of the democratic political movement Russian Radicals. The two join five gay members on the seven-strong planning group.

'It'd be great to hold the parade as it is done everywhere - a colorful march with feathers, as is customary, but in fact we'll manage simply a march of tolerance," Murzin said at Tuesday's Pride press conference.

Also serving on the organizing committee are Vlad Ortanov, publisher of one of the first Russian gay magazines, ARGO; Alexey Davydov, the coordinator of the Russian LGBT Rights group; Evgenia Debryanskaya, leader of the Russian lesbian movement; and Baev and Alekseev of GayRussia.Ru, the principal initiator of the Moscow Pride events.

The May 27 date was chosen for the Pride March to commemorate the decriminalization of homosexuality in Russia in 1993 under then-President Boris Yeltsin.

More information and updates can be found at the website for Moscow Pride 2007 (http://www.gayrussia.ru/en/ ). Read Doug Ireland's June 2006 Gay City News story ( http://gaycitynews.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=17008413&BRD=2729&PAG=461&dept_id=568864&rfi=8 ) on the Moscow Pride March and his story on Vladimir Putin's comments on gay pride demonstrations ( http://gaycitynews.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17828160&BRD=2729&PAG=461&dept_id=568864&rfi=6 ).

Ireland can be reached through his blog, DIRELAND, at http://direland.typepad.com/direland/

http://www.gaycitynews.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18352281&BRD=2729&PAG=461&dept_id=569346&rfi=6
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^I remember that last year nearly turned into a bloodbath Shame that some skinhead's and extremists attacked the parade and the police didn't do anything about it.
I hope it goes well, but I have a bad feeling...."spill gay blood", jeez...where do they find the energy to hate something that much. Rolleyes
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That's terrible. Absolutely terrible. Now I wonder how t.A.T.u. and their management will deal with it. Cancel the appearance for safety reasons? Go on and do it anyway? If those protesters were willing to attack foreign political figures, I don't see how they would give t.A.T.u. a free pass.
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^^ me neither
hmm....i do wonder why people can't just leave other people alone - i mean if homosexuals want to have a gay parade, and as long as they don't do anything to anyone, then i don't see why it is not allowed. And, whenever they bring up religion issues, why can't they just be religious and keep it to themselves, why do they criticize other people because of their beliefs?
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You know, one good thing that has already come off of t.A.T.u.'s statement and support is that more people realize that gays and lesbians in Russia are really discriminated against in a big way. If t.A.T.u.'s involvement draws a spotlight to this, it's already a small victory.

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From a long time t.A.T.u. shocked with informations about their sexual orientation. Once they were lesbians,once they were bisexual and then, Julia Volkova give birth to a child. Finally in March Julia and Lena Katina engaged [to each other].- at least russian newspaper informed about that. Now the girls are calling homosexual people to take a part in Gay Parade which will be at 26-27 May in Moskow. ''We are addressing gay community in Russia and in the rest of the world in relation to Gay Parade being organized in Moscow on May, 26-27.''- we reading at Official site of t.A.T.u.
Singers are actually recording new album in Los Angeles. As they are saying new album will be traditional about ''People and standing for people, about love and standing for love. We think that every person should express his or her love to another person in the way these two people wish, and no third parties may interfere with their dogmas. We are supporting people disregarding their sexual orientation or any other differences.''-written Julia and Lena.

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Original source: Muzyka.Interia.pl


Thank you to shadow! :)

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I wonder why nowadays there's plenty of people likes to act as the 'spokesman' of God, while I'm very sure God wouldn't say or do such things ... Poor dear ol' God ... Frown

Not just in Russia, I tell you, in Indonesia we have a TV program that named "7 days to ask God forgiveness", once showing a lesbian being punished by whipping her while she hanged on a tree upside down and then buried alive inside a coffin until she beg forgiveness for her 'sin', and you know what that show producer said when we protest againts it?

"Well, I'm only do what God will do, I'm helping her to acknowledge what she will get if she continues her sinful lifestyle, and so she would learn the punishment she got now is only 'earthly punishment', now imagine what a 'divine punishment' will felt like"

Bash Bash Bash Bash Bash

Sorry for my rambling and offtopicness Frown I just suddenly remember that poor girl ...

About this parade, I hope everything went well and I do really hope Mitrofanov could do something to hold back those 'bloodthirsty homophobes' ... Don't want anything dangerous happened to our beloved Yulia and Lena ... Indifferent
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Here's another article, this one's from SignOnSanDiego.com, with a t.A.T.u. mention:

Russian gays to ignore parade ban
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20070515-0941-russia-gays-.html

Thanks to Dean (Tatu.ru) for this link!

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^^ More power to them. I just hope they don't get attacked and have the police stand back saying, "Well we said you didn't have permission to begin with. Why should we protect you?"
Of course, they could very well do that without a ban.
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will they perform?
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IvyRevolution wrote:
I just hope they don't get attacked and have the police stand back saying, "Well we said you didn't have permission to begin with. Why should we protect you?"



If you're lucky. The possibility remains that you could claim the marchers instigate the all-but-inevitable trouble and let the riot squad start cracking some skulls. Worse has happened. Best if all marchers keep their behaviour immaculate so as not to give them an excuse and therefore take whatever high moral ground is available.


Still, for our two ladies to show up takes moxie, and that gets respect.
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That's the other thing I'm wondering. Are the girls still going? Maybe I didn't read the last article carefully enough, but I don't remember seeing anything about whether they'll still go.
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Here's an update of the situation:

Euro MPs speak up for Moscow Pride
22nd May 2007 12:57
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-4450.html

t.A.T.u. are mentioned at the end of the article.

"Last week Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. released a statement on their official website
announcing they want to attend Moscow Pride."


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Another article with t.A.T.u mention:
Moscow gays to defy Pride ban -- again
http://www.planetout.com/news/article.html?date=2007/05/16/3&navpath=/topics/pride/
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May, 25

t.A.T.u. decided to have a break in recording their new album in Los Angeles and came to Russia to support Moscow Gay Pride. Tomorrow Julia and Lena will attend Gay Pride press conference. t.A.T.u. also plan to take part in a street parade.

Source: http://www.tatu.ru/en/news.html?id=520&page=0

Other articles with t.A.T.u. mention:

Gay MPs unite to condemn Pride ban
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-4487.html

Tatchell: The Right To Hold Moscow Pride Is Not Just an Issue of Gay, Lesbian Rights
Defence of Freedom of Expression For All Russians

http://www.ukgaynews.org.uk/Archive/07/May/2502.htm

Police, Protesters Wait for Gay March
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2007/05/25/014.html
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t.A.T.u. decided to have a break in recording their new album in Los Angeles and came to Russia to support Moscow Gay Pride. Tomorrow Julia and Lena will attend Gay Pride press conference. t.A.T.u. also plan to take part in a street parade.

Source: http://www.tatu.ru/en/news.html?id=520&page=0



Yay! Way to go girls! Thumb

*prays so that tommorow everything went well without any 'bloodshed'*

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OMG so much respect to them!!!
I hope they go with millions of bodyguards.
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Great news indeed! Thanks for posting, Sakuya! Thumb
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Yes! I'm so happy they will attend! Whichever way they choose to do it, the important thing is that they make a statement with this and hopefully it will get noticed.

My question is, is the parade still banned? Confused
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An update on the press conference and the latest info regarding the march:

Moscow City Hall Quiet as 120 Journalists Check In For Moscow Gay Pride
http://www.gayrussia.ru/en/news/detail.php?ID=9240

t.A.T.u. are mentioned:

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[...] The press conference will feature both Russians and those from other countries. From the European Parliament there will be Sophie In’ t Veld and Marco Cappato; Member of the German Bundestag Volker Beck, who was assaulted during the Pride last year; Member of Italian Parliament and first elected transexual deputy in Europe, Vladimir Luxuria; and Gebi Mair, city councillor of Innsbruck (Austria).

Human rights and gay activists will be represented by Peter Tatchell from OutRage!, and Kurt Krickler from HOSI-Wien in Austria.

On the Russian side, the most sensational attendees will be tATu, the only Russian popstar group to have openly supported the Gay Pride march. Member of Russian Duma, Alexey Mitrofanov will also be there.

He is the first Russian politician at a national level to officially support the gay march. He is also the deputy head of the Duma Committee on Constitutional legislation and has already pointed out that banning tomorrow’s event is contrary to the Russian constitution. Mr. Murzin will also be speaking at the press conference. [...]

http://www.gayrussia.ru/en/news/detail.php?ID=9240


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A few thoughts. First, since the relations between Russia and the West have worsened considerably since last year, and Russians view gay prides as an element of the 'decadent' Western European culture, their opinion on the upcoming pride has probably become more negative.

Second, a color revolution in Russia is being planned to be carried out during the presidential elections next year (those who pay and who conduct don't even conceal their intentions, some openly say the next target is Russia (I bet a bottle of mineral water they'll suck hard though)), one of the techniques has been to discredit the ruling regime, particularly by carrying out banned public actions and provoking police to attack the 'innocent'. Such marches of the 'Russian' opposition (led by a member of some US security consulting organization) have already been conducted recenlty, of course with police attacking the marchers. Well, I'm not saying the pride is being organized by those people, but it's very likely they'll be among the marchers.

Overall, unfortunately the outcome of this pride may be even worse than that of the last year. Let's hope Tatu won't get hurt.


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wont they perform?
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Reuters - Sat May 26, 12:37 PM ET
Singer of Russian pop group Tatu, Yulia Volkova, speaks during a news conference on a planned Gay Pride gathering, in Moscow May 26, 2007. Up to 200 gay rights activists plan to gather on Sunday outside the office of Moscow's mayor to persuade city authorities to lift a ban on a Gay Pride march in the Russian capital.

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Thanks to Kupkake (Tatu.ru) for the link!

An article from Reuters, with a t.A.T.u. mention at the end.

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Russians protest against plans for gay parade
26 May 2007 17:06:06 GMT
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MOSCOW, May 26 (Reuters) - Russian nationalists, communists and religious believers gathered in Moscow on Saturday to denounce plans for a Gay Pride march, as gay activists prepared to lobby the mayor to lift a ban on the event.

About 200 protesters, including flag-waving communists or old women carrying religious icons, held a "Russia March" in the centre of the capital at which some denounced the gay parade as a "satanic act" -- a phrase used by Mayor Yuri Luzhkov himself.

In another part of the city, about 200 right-wing activists, many with shaved heads and tattoos, protested against the planned parade.

"We're here to show we're strong and prepared to fight for our rights," one of the protesters told a Reuters cameraman, as colleagues shouted 'Glory to Russia!' and made salutes.

Last year, a gay march went ahead despite the ban. Activists were detained by police, abused by militant Christians and attacked by neo-Nazis.

Organisers of the Gay Pride parade said they would gather at Mayor Luzhkov's office on Sunday and present a letter signed by international politicians asking him to authorise the march. They said permission would allow it to proceed without the threat of violence.

"It's a collective address and people have the right to be present when it's handed over to the authorities," parade organiser Nikolai Alexeyev told reporters. He said he expected 100 to 200 people to turn up at the mayor's office on Sunday.

"PROVOCATION"

Alexeyev showed reporters another letter dated May 16 refusing a request to hold the march. But the date on which the march was banned was printed as May 27, 2006 -- not 2007. It was unclear whether this was a typographical error.

Moscow police, acting on the orders of city authorities, said they would not allow the march to go ahead.

"The capital's police will suppress any attempt at provocation by all legal means," Moscow police spokesman Viktor Biryukov told Russian news agencies.

Russia decriminalised homosexuality in 1993. Tolerance is slowly rising, with a handful of gay clubs opening in large cities, but the country has no high-profile openly gay politicians or business leaders.

Russian pop duo Tatu, who shot to world fame partly thanks to their teen lesbian image, will be among those presenting the letter at the mayor's office on Sunday.

"I don't consider this to be a demonstration, but a festival where every one of us can unite regardless of orientation," said band member Yulia Volkova. "Our city should be fashionable."

Source: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L26643480.htm
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