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."
A gay activist + a Circassian flag + kids. Does this qualify as "gay propaganda"? pic.twitter.com/bqR7lMkiB9— Nataliya Vasilyeva (@NatVasilyevaAP) February 17, 2014
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.