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Activists Arrested in Moscow's Red Square at Protest of Ban on Gay 'Propaganda': VIDEO


Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Artemyeva shot these photos of Russian activist Nikolai Alekseev, Vladimir Ivanov, and another activist as they were arrested in Red Square while protesting Moscow's plan to ban gay "propaganda".

(via Nikolai Alekseev's Facebook)

Alekseev wrote that it was the "First ever public event of Russian LGBT community at Red Square in Moscow."

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I wrote about the bill (which is also being considered in St. Petersburg and nationally), which bans all public acts "promoting homosexuality" under the guise of protecting children, in November.

It is for that reason that Alekseev and the other activists held stuffed animals.

LGBT Asylum News writes:

Their protest, signaled on social media to happen in another Moscow location, in fact occurred in front of the most famous location in all of Russia. Within seconds they were swarmed by police.

The dolls - Piggy, Stepashka, Fili and Karkushi - at the Red Square protest were from popular children's TV shows and the banners said "Good night, kids!"

Two videos of the arrests, AFTER THE JUMP...


Watch video of the arrest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. According to the Youtube description, the activists arrested were Alekseev, Aleksei Kiselev, and Kirill Nepomniashchii.

    Alekseev's retirement appears to have been short-lived.

    And this is not the first pro-gay protest on Red Square. That happened back in the '70s sometime when an Italian man went there with a banner about the Soviet sodomy law and was arrested.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jan 20, 2012 9:23:53 AM

  2. These are amazing and brave people. You can friend them on facebook. I think they might be able to use our support. I came out in teh 1970's. It was not easy, but it sure was not this bad.

    Posted by: Jacques Rosas | Jan 20, 2012 10:04:46 AM

  3. Brave people. Keep watch, and thanks for keeping tabs on this!

    Posted by: luminum | Jan 20, 2012 10:13:18 AM

  4. Courageous. We will be free. They can't stop it.

    Posted by: Ted | Jan 21, 2012 9:04:55 AM

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