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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gay Rights Lawsuit

Two gay rights activists Monday filed a libel suit against Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who last month branded gay pride parades a "satanic act."

"The only aim of these comments was to smear us as organizers," said Nikolai Alexeyev, a gay movement leader. "If you look up the word 'satanic' ... you'll see that in all its meanings it has a strictly negative tone," he said.

Alexeyev and Nikolai Bayev, the other complainant, want Luzhkov to retract his remark and pay them a symbolic 1,000 rubles ($38) each in damages.