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Russian Police Arrest More Than A Dozen LGBT Activists

We’re getting reports from Russia that police have started arresting LGBT organizers in at least two cities. According to organizers on the ground in Russia, four have been arrested in St. Petersburg and over a dozen in Moscow.

According to The Washington Blade, police rounded up more than a dozen people who were holding rainbow flags and singing the national anthem.

Video shows a snowy nighttime scuffle in Red Square, Moscow is about a thousand miles north of Sochi.

Also according to the Blade, four organizers were arrested earlier in the day in St. Petersburg, about 400 miles north of Moscow. The Russian LGBT Network confirms that account, listing Anastasiya Smirnova and Aleksandra Semenova as among the arrested.

Reports from the St. Petersburg arrest indicate that the organizers were holding a banner reading “Discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic Movement. Principle 6. Olympic Charter.”

Smirnova reports that they’ve been charged with participation in an illegal public assembly, with a hearing scheduled for tomorrow. If they’re found guilty, the fine would be around 600 to 800 dollars.

So, that’s awesome.

By:           matt baume
On:           Feb 7, 2014
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  • 11 Comments
    • Mel
      Mel

      Red Square is pretty

      Feb 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stefano
      Stefano

      It’s too late to protest.

      Feb 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @Stefano:

      It’s never too late.

      Feb 7, 2014 at 3:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stefano
      Stefano

      @Cam : in this case, yes.

      Feb 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stefano
      Stefano

      By the way, only 7 athletes at Sotchi have made their coming out….7 women. :-) no man.

      Feb 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MK Ultra
      MK Ultra

      oh Russia, so much worse than any western country, without any chance of getting better

      Feb 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Harley
      Harley

      @Stefano: didn’t you hear? There are NO gay MEN in Russia. Lesbians okay .

      Feb 7, 2014 at 7:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Harley
      Harley

      Sry. Sochi.

      Feb 7, 2014 at 7:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stefano
      Stefano

      @Harley : funny. If there are NO gay men in Russia why make a law against them ? ;-)

      Feb 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • queertyreader
      queertyreader

      They should have never allowed for Russia to be the host for the Olympics.

      Feb 8, 2014 at 1:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr_Giggles
      Mr_Giggles

      @queertyreader: so agree

      Feb 13, 2014 at 12:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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