It was intended to take place in May annually since in the Russian capital Moscow, but has been regularly banned by Moscow City Hall , headed by Mayor Yuri Luzhkov until The demonstrations in , , and were all accompanied by homophobic attacks , which was avoided in by moving the site of the demonstration at the last minute. In June , Moscow courts enacted a hundred-year ban on gay pride parades. The Moscow Pride was banned by the authorities. The Moscow Mayor's chief of security, Nikolai Kulikov, stated in an interview on Echo Moskvy , a radio station, that the Gay Pride conference and festival would be banned because of the negative views of the Russian population towards it: "all public expressions [by gays and lesbians] must be banned [ We have our traditions, lots of religious groups told us that they were against this gay pride.
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Chechnya has opened a terrorism investigation into two gay men who fled the region last year but were arrested near Moscow last week and forcibly returned. A rights lawyer who visited the flat where they were staying said he saw signs of a struggle shortly after. The two men later re-emerged in detention in Chechnya. Tim Bestsvet, a spokesperson for the LGBT Network, said lawyers were being denied access to the men and did not know where they were being held. Magamadov and Isayev fled Chechnya in June after being arrested and reportedly tortured for running an opposition channel on the Telegram messaging app.
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The dissolution of the Soviet Union — [b] was the process of internal disintegration within the Soviet Union , which began with growing unrest in its various constituent republics developing into an incessant political and legislative conflict between the republics and the central government, and ended when the leaders of three primal republics the Russian SFSR , the Ukrainian SSR and the Byelorussian SSR declared it no longer existed , later accompanied by 11 more republics , resulting in President Mikhail Gorbachev having to resign and what was left of the Soviet parliament formally acknowledging what had already taken place. The failure of the August Coup , when Soviet government and military elites tried to overthrow Gorbachev and stop the " parade of sovereignties ", led to the government in Moscow losing most of its influence, and many republics proclaiming independence in the following days and months. The secession of the Baltic states , the first to declare their sovereignty and then their full independence, was recognized in September On December 25, President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned, declared his office extinct, and handed over its powers—including control of the nuclear launch codes —to Yeltsin.
Two gay men who were forcibly returned to Chechnya this month have been charged with terror-related offenses without proof and face up to 15 years in prison, a rights group said Wednesday. Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya's authoritarian leader, says the region's population is exclusively heterosexual. The LGBT Network rights group said Wednesday that two gay men who fled Chechnya last year but were arrested and returned this month have been charged with aiding an illegal armed group.