According to the city government of Kostroma, administration of Kostroma refused holding of seven public events in the city center to protect the interests of sexual minorities and in support of gay marriage to the organizer of Moscow Gay Pride Nikolay Alekseev.
LGBT activists have applied to the administration of Kostroma to hold a series of rallies, pickets and a gay parade in the central streets of the city, which were planned to be organized from 15 to 20 April. In particular, the organizers wanted to hold a rally in support of gay marriage in front of the Kostroma registry office, publicly oppose cruel executions of gays by militants of ISIL in Iraq and Syria, as well as to march through the center of Kostroma in support of tolerance towards persons of homosexual orientation in Russia.
City government decided that the stated goals of public events violate the prohibitions stipulated by the Federal Law "On protection of children from information harmful to their health and development" and the Law "On Basic Guarantees of the Rights of the Child in the Russian Federation."
According to the government, “for the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations among minors Article 6.21 of the Code of Administrative Offences provides for the administrative liability”.
The authorities noted that conduct of the alleged activities in public places "may cause moral harm to children and adolescents who have become unwitting witnesses, may offend the religious and moral sentiments, humiliate human dignity of other citizens" and prevent the passage of pedestrians.
“Therefore, the Kostroma administration warns that you as an organizer of public events in the city of Kostroma, and other participants of these public events can be made liable in the prescribed manner,” said in a letter of the city government to the gay activist Nikolai Alekseev.
Earlier arrivals of organizers from other cities of LGBT events in Kostroma were repeatedly accompanied by scandals. Alekseev and his companion were poured with green disinfectant at the railway station of Kostroma. The attackers also shouted aggressive slogans and smashed raw chicken eggs on the head of guests. Alekseev applied to the law enforcement agencies, but security forces didn’t find the perpetrators.