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Vladimir Luxuria Detained Again in Sochi Wearing Rainbow Outfit, Dumped in Rural Area: VIDEO


Vladimir Luxuria, a transgender former Italian MP who was detained for several hours on Sunday by Russian police, appeared at the Olympic Village in Sochi on Monday wearing a rainbow-colored outfit and headdress and was being detained again. Luxuria was driven away by authorities in a car with Olympic markings (photo here), according to the AP.

Luxuria was hustled away from the hockey arena by four men not wearing identification who abandoned her in a rural area:

"I was very, very afraid this time because the first time they said, 'It's OK for the first time, don't do it again for the second time.' So, this time I was a little bit afraid," Luxuria said. "But they just left me outside, in the country, there, outside and that's it."


Luxuria had been walking around the Olympic Park in Sochi for about two hours. She was shouting "Gay is OK" and "It's OK to be gay" in both English and Russian.

As she was being led away from Shayba Arena, she was shouting "I have a ticket."

She spoke to RT about her detention on Sunday before the incident on Monday:

"I was kept to take information for a couple of hours and then at last a person talking English came and said I shouldn't show Russian writings about LGBT rights."

She also had a message for Putin:

"I would say to Mr. Putin that he should show modernity not only with these beautiful buildings. You have to be modern and open in your mind."

Watch her interview with RT, AFTER THE JUMP...

Luxuria arrived in Sochi with Pio and Amedeo, a comedy duo who star in the Italian television program called Reservoir Dogs and call themselves the Hyenas. The Hyenas were also taken by authorities and abandoned in the countryside.

According to Italian media reports, Luxuria and the two men have been asked to leave the country and will be escorted to the airport tomorrow morning at 11:30 am by the Russia Foreign Ministry.

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  1. Here is a brave transgendered soul protesting for all of the LGBT in Russia. I applaud you Vladimir Luxuria!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 17, 2014 5:05:45 PM

  2. She is brave. Go get em!

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 17, 2014 5:14:43 PM

  3. Such dangerous people! Next Putin will be arresting poets - like the good ol' days!

    Posted by: Glenn I | Feb 17, 2014 5:15:49 PM

  4. Poor thing but she's been protesting in peace, style and class, talk about reaching Russia! Yikes!

    Posted by: Rowan | Feb 17, 2014 5:18:00 PM

  5. So Brave. Love her for doing this.

    Posted by: GJP | Feb 17, 2014 5:18:22 PM

  6. Viva Luxuria!

    Thanks for helping the world see just how ridiculous and dangerous Russia is over NOTHING! What will it take for Obama and other world leaders to DEMAND positive action.

    Luxuria was abducted in a car bearing Olympic markings: the IOC is now involved because of their trademark.

    Posted by: SteveDenver | Feb 17, 2014 5:41:31 PM

  7. If there wasn't so much coverage, I suspect being "taken for a ride in the country" would have more sinister outcomes. The yearning for the good old days with Uncle Joe Stalin at the helm runs deep indeed.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Feb 17, 2014 5:43:03 PM

  8. It is quite likely some ethnic tribes in rural Russia also have some colorful dresses like that. It may be regarded as "gay" dresses now.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 17, 2014 5:59:18 PM

  9. I would like to advise the Popes, especially the Pope emeritus, not to visit Russia. His dresses and his shoes are a little bit gay.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 17, 2014 6:31:28 PM

  10. WHERE is Billie Jean King? How about bald Brian Boitano?

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 17, 2014 6:39:06 PM

  11. Congratulation for taking your brave stand Luxuria. Glad that you are a fellow member of our LGBT Community and standing up for all LGBT folks.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 17, 2014 6:49:38 PM

  12. Mike Ryan, as you (should) know, Billie Jean King was grieving her mother's death, but she will be attending the closing ceremonies.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 17, 2014 7:37:20 PM

  13. Billy Jean King now may be cuddling with Putin. May be Boitano too. In a 3-way?

    Posted by: simon | Feb 17, 2014 7:37:58 PM

  14. Bow down to this brave woman.

    Posted by: Felix | Feb 17, 2014 8:56:34 PM

  15. Just ignore MIKE RYAN, he is a troll.

    Posted by: BETTY | Feb 17, 2014 9:33:44 PM

  16. Dropped off and abandoned in the country?

    We used to do this with racoons we trapped live in our backyard when I was a kid. Seems like an odd way to deal with this, but probably a lot less harmful than putting them in prison.

    Posted by: johnny | Feb 17, 2014 10:31:12 PM

  17. It would be great to see some of our own political leaders daring to be so bold.

    Posted by: mike128 | Feb 17, 2014 11:19:24 PM

  18. The Italian program is called "Le Iene" and it will airing this Sunday. It's easy to think that they will say something about it.

    Posted by: Andrea | Feb 18, 2014 4:29:33 AM

  19. @BETTY (or whoever you are) take a hike. I see Ryan's Facebook page, where is yours?

    Posted by: Dimples | Feb 18, 2014 10:17:06 AM

  20. Good one @DIMPLES. I was wondering that too.

    Posted by: JEFF | Feb 18, 2014 10:19:10 AM

  21. LOL DIMPLES/JEFF aka Mike Ryan. You mean the most generic Facebook page with absolutley no info and a bunch of generic pics taken from the web? Yeah right! Looks like a fake page made only so one can post on comment sections of websites without acutally giving any info about yourself. Don't act like you are so open and above everyone when anything identifying you is answered "nunya business". A two year old can make a phony Facebook page. Give us a break!!!

    Posted by: BETTY | Feb 18, 2014 12:07:34 PM

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