Thursday, September 16, 2010
Nikolai Alekseev, one of the leading gay rights leaders in Moscow, was arrested last night at the Domodedevo Airport in Moscow as he was preparting to take a Swiss Air flight to Geneva. Nikolai was the founder of Moscow Pride. His arrest appears to be meant to pressure him to drop a case pending before the European Court of Human Rights. The case before the ECHR is a challenge to Moscow's denial of a pride parade in the Russian capital for the past five years.
The ECHR should take special note of this disturbing development when it rules on the complaint against Russia.