While I have previously written about the new law Russia has passed regarding criminal penalties for LGBT activities, I was somewhat surprised to read that the Moscow City Court recent decision regarding LGBT pride events. The court confirmed for the second time its ruling banning all LGBT pride events in the Russian capital for the next 100 years. That's right, the court confirmed that LGBT events will be banned within Moscow from 2012 until 2112.

Activists representing the group who appealed the ban have stated that they plan on continuing their fight.

The law against the promotion of homosexuality and pedophilia was approved and enacted in St. Petersburg earlier this year, which has in turn prompted a group of parliamentarians to suggest approving a similar national law.

Two individuals in St. Petersburg were sentenced recently under the new law for toting a poster that read, "Being gay is normal" on a street near a kindergarten.