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Nikolai Alexeyev

Nikolai Alexeyev


Nikolai Alexeyev ( ) was born on Dec. 23, 1977, in Moscow.

Education: Public Administration, Moscow State University, 1999.

2000-2001: Journalist for daily Segodnya ("Today") newspaper

2001: Left a Ph.D. program at Moscow State University when his thesis topic — the legal status of sexual minorities — was rejected

2005: Established the Internet portal

2006: Alexeyev's first attempt to stage a gay rights protest is rejected by Moscow's City Hall. All similar applications filed during Yury Luzhkov's tenure as mayor — he was fired in September 2010 — are rejected, and all gay rights protests during that time are broken up.

2007: Mayor Luzhkov famously called gay rights parades "satanic" and vowed that he would never allow such events to be held in the city

May 2009: Thirty protesters were detained in a gay rights protest organized by Alexeyev. They included Peter Tatchell, a prominent British gay rights activist, Andy Thayer, an activist from Chicago's Gay Liberation Network, and Alexeyev himself (story).

June 2009: Filed a defamation lawsuit for one kopek against Mayor Yury Luzhkov for saying "queers" undermine a morally healthy society (story)

September 2010: Alexeyev is allegedly abducted by security agents at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport and held for two days, during which time he was pressured to withdraw suits he had filed with the European Court of Human Rights protesting Moscow's banning of gay rights rallies (story)

October 2010: The European Court of Human Rights fined Russia for banning homosexual parades in Moscow, marking a victory for the country's marginalized gay community. Alexeyev had lodged three cases with the court arguing that Russia had violated the European Convention on Human Rights, to which it subscribes as a member state of the Council of Europe (story).

October 2010: Gay rights activists hold the first street protest sanctioned by City Hall, picketing the local office of a Swiss airline that they accused of mistreating Alexeyev in connection with his mysterious abduction in September 2010 (story)

May 2011: City Hall rejected arequest bygay rights activists tostage a"educational rally" about thehistory ofattitudes toward homosexuality inscience andliterature. At the same time, city authorities approved a3,000-person rally — scheduled for the same day as the gay rally — that will speak against "sexual perversion" andcall forprison terms forgays. Despite theban, gay activists planned toproceed with their rally andfile acourt appeal (story).

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