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17 Arrested Under St. Petersburg “Don’t Say Gay” Law

Jim Burroway

May 1st, 2012

According to the St. Petersburg, Russia web site Coming Out, seventeen LGBT advocates were arrested for carrying rainbow flags as part of the May 1st civil rights and freedom march on Nevsky Prospect, the city’s main boulevard. The LGBT advocates were participating in the city-sanctioned march as part of a larger group of democratic and civil society gropus. According to Coming Out:

5 minutes into the march, police requested removal of rainbow flags. When activists refused, they were forcefully detained and are now facing charges of “propaganda of homosexuality” and non-compliance with the police. One activist was detained for holding a sign “homophobia is illegal.”

17 activists are still being held by the police. Among those detained are Igor Kochetkov, chairman of the Russian LGBT Network, Mikhail Belodedov of Coming Out, Sergey Kondrashov, lawyer and straight ally, and Elena Popova, director of St. Petersburg organization “Soldier’s mothers”, defending rights of draftees.

The so-called “gay propaganda law” bars groups, publications, events and other so-called “promotion” of LGBT rights, was passed in St. Petersburg in February. The Russian Parliament and Moscow City Council may take up similar proposals.

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Timothy Kincaid
May 1st, 2012 | LINK

It would seem that the colors of the rainbow promote LGBT rights. Some clever Russian parliamentarian should draft a bill to arrest God for pro-gay propaganda. It would be fun to watch the outcome.

David Waite
May 1st, 2012 | LINK

We’ve already seen the arrest of God by Russians. It was called Stalinism, and all of Eastern Europe is still suffering the ‘fun’ outcome.

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