A Pride event in the Arctic circle is cancelled


Police in the region of Salekhard, Russia, have banned around 300 LGBT activists planned to march for equality in the end of the month. But the territory belongs to Russia, so Russian strict anti-gay laws are working there as well. Nikolai Alexeyev, leader of Russian LGBTI group Moscow Pride, has helped several activists apply for permits to hold Pride parades across Russia. Prides in Arkhangelsk,, Yekaterinburg, Cheylabinsk, Sarank, St Petersburg, Tula, Tver and Vladimir have also been banned. ‘It will, if necessary, brought to the European Court of Human Rights,’ Alexeyev said. He added the law is in violation of Russia’s constitution that states people must have the right to freedom of assembly. If the Pride in Salekhard had been granted, it would have joined Tromsø, Norway as one of the only Prides to be held in the Arctic Circle. Pride in Tromsø, known as Arctic Pride, started in 2014 as a 10-day festival featuring a program of culture and politics. It is the northern-most Pride in the world, as well as likely the only time to march the Pride and to watch the Northern light at once.


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