Good News from Moscow
"Last year, Moscow came under unprecedented pressure to sanction the gay parade, which cannot be called anything other than satanic," Mr Luzhkov said.
"We did not let the parade take place then, and we are not going to allow it in the future," he said.
- BBC News, Monday, 29 January 2007, 18:27 GMT
Moscow is many things, the most important of which may not be instantly apparent. Renowned for her onion domes and high cost of living for expatriates, Moscow has once again shown herself to be among the last sensible capitals of Europe.
No doubt, homosexual activists will protest and complain about their "fundamental rights" being denied, in their attempt to make the Russian authorities look like vicious, right-wing homophobic bigots.
I really cannot understand why a pride parade would be a "right" so many are willing to fight for - to quote a gay, but Catholic friend years ago, "no normal, dignified adult would wear a rainbow-coloured sash to tell strangers how he likes to reach orgasm".