Russia bans parade honouring Conchita Wurst

The authorities in Moscow have turned down an application for a parade in honour of the winner of the Eurovision song contest, Conchita Wurst.

Conchita Wurst performing the song 'Rise Like a Phoenix'. Credit: Associated Press

The head of Moscow's security department, Alexei Maiorov, reportedly said celebrating the Austrian drag queen could lead to clashes between gay activists and their opponents.

The Interfax agency also quoted Mr Maiorov claiming the need to "respect morality in the education of the younger generation" meant the parade could not go ahead.