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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lawsuit Against Luzhkov Dismissed

The Tverskoi District Court on Friday threw out a lawsuit by two gay rights activists against Mayor Yury Luzhkov for publicly branding gay pride parades a "satanic act."

"The court has not found reason to rule in favor of the suit," a court spokesman said.

Luzhkov has vowed to stop any attempt by homosexuals to march through Moscow this year.

The two activists, who organize such parades, filed the suit against Luzhkov in February demanding that he retract his remark and pay them each a symbolic 1,000 rubles ($39) in damages.

"It was a joke of a hearing with violations of all the legal procedures of a civil case," one of the complainants, Nikolai Alexeyev, said after the court ruling.

He said the judge had not examined their arguments, made no comment on the tone of Luzhkov's remark and was overly casual.

"I have never seen anything like this in my life," Alexeyev said.