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Russian Police Arrest LGBT Advocates at St. Petersburg Pride

Jim Burroway

June 26th, 2010

Defying a ban on gay rights marches by city authorities, several LGBT advocates were arrested at a Pride demonstration in front of the State Hermitage Museum. According to Reuters, two to three dozen advocates showed up in front of the famous landmark with banners and chanted, “Homophobia is the country’s shame.” At least five people were arrested (six, according to the Associated Press).

St. Petersburg authorities had denied permission to hold a Pride demonstration for five different locations. In order to try to get around the ban, LGBT advocates used stealth tactics similar to those used in Moscow last month in an attempt to avoid the police. The media were not informed until the very last minute.

Immediately following the march’s breakup, a small group of ultra-right activists arrived at the square to attack the protesters. A small number of them were arrested for “hooliganism” as well.

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Stefano A
June 26th, 2010 | LINK

If you haven’t seen it, Doug Ireland had an excellent interview this week with Nikolai Alexeyev in Gay City News talking about Russia’s gay rights movement. In it, he talked about St Petersburg, Minsk and Moscow. It’s well worth the read.

Stefano A
June 26th, 2010 | LINK

Here is the link for the Gay City News article with Alexeyev.

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