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Gay Activists Attacked In Russia

Gay rights participants who were taking part in an unapproved pride parade in Saint Petersburg, Russia today were attacked by a group of anti-gay protesters. 14 LGBT activists were arrested as were some of the anti0gay attackers. Russia's most highly visible gay rights advocate Nikolai Alekseyev was one of the jailed but was released soon after.

The AP reports:

Russia"I've seen a lot of things in six years of holding such events in Moscow, but I've never seen such cynicism in St. Petersburg," said Nikolai Alekseyev, Russia's highest profile gay rights activist, who was himself briefly detained.

Activists held their protest beside a monument to city founder Peter the Great, "because Peter the Great founded a city with European values," Yuri Gavrikov, head of the Equality group said Friday. President Dmitry Medvedev has insisted Russians share European values today.

UK Gay News has lots of detailed information on the attacks. The photo to the right captures the moment right gay activist Alexander Sheremete was attacked by an hateful anti-gay protester. Sheremete reportedly suffered head and lips bruises.

Update: I'm reading conflciting reports about those arrested. Pink News reports that none of those arrested have been released.

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  1. detailed informations about St. Petersburg Pride can also be found live here on, one of the main Russian website for LGBT issues and a site of the organizers of the Pride.

    Posted by: Artem | Jun 25, 2011 4:54:37 PM

  2. Can you please correct the info on the page as AP is wrong. All 14 activists arrested have NOT been released and they are detained at least overnight until a Court hearing planned tomorrow. Nikolai Alekseev was not briefly detained. He is still detained.

    Posted by: Artem | Jun 25, 2011 6:30:07 PM

  3. It's a bit rich calling these thugs "anti-gay prostesters". There's a big difference between protesting and mindless acts of violence and assault.

    Posted by: Sean | Jun 26, 2011 12:08:41 AM

  4. Typical Russia. Arrest the LGBT folks who were not throwing punches and attacking anyone. They'll probably release the anti-gays and give them a heroes parade in Moscow and and dinner with Putin. Sick country.

    Posted by: EM | Jun 26, 2011 2:55:17 AM

  5. Russia is a dump run by thugs. I pity gay people who can't get out. They are where we were in the US in the early 70's. Not much better than Jamaica.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Jun 26, 2011 3:19:20 AM

  6. Russia sounds like it's a total mess from everything I hear and read. The police are brutal, it's run by vicious gangs, a significant portion of the population is addicted to heroin (or when they can't afford that, a disgusting substitute called krokodil made from migraine pills and iodine which quite literally eats away at their skin) and poverty is everywhere.

    It seems like the worse the economic condition the general population of a country is, the more hateful and bigoted they are. I guess happy people just aren't as hateful

    Posted by: Pira | Jun 26, 2011 11:41:58 AM

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