Moscow Pride Organizers Arrested At Rally, Released The Following Day

BLGll75CAAA1PksMoscow Pride began as planned last Saturday despite a court-ordered ban on “homosexual propaganda,” which included the day’s pride festivities. After exhausting all legal options to official sanction a gay pride rally and march, Moscow Pride co-founder Nikolai Alekseev told Interfax that he was prepared to be “killed or injured” for the cause.

On Saturday, The Guardian reported that Russian police were quick to squash the beginning of Moscow Pride’s inaugural march, clashing with participants as soon as they unfurled rainbow flags and banners.

“Your rally is not sanctioned,” the police screamed through megaphones. “You’re disrupting passers-by.”

Moscow Pride’s festivities didn’t last long, as about 30 activists—including Alekseev—were arrested immediately. This is the seventh consecutive year he has been arrested for attempting to organize an official gay pride celebration in Moscow.

Yesterday, Alekseev tweeted a photo from the back of a Russian police van, confirming that all arrested parties were promptly released.


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  • hephaestion

    This is a heroic group of people! Bravo to Nikolai Alekseev and all those who were arrested fighting for truth and equality in Russia! Are any heterosexual allies speaking out against these arrests in Moscow?

  • dugout

    Beaming with pride here. Epic LGBT Russians.

    Free Bikini Kill.

  • balehead

    If only the American Activists were this brave….

  • balehead

    GLAAD and HRC are you listening???

  • OhioMan

    @balehead: Have you not heard of the StoneWall riots? How soon we forget.

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