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Russian Police Detain 20 at Gay Rally

Friday Jan 25, 2013

Police say 20 gay rights campaigners and militant Orthodox Christian activists have been detained near Russia's parliament during a protest against planned anti-gay legislation.

Russia's Parliament is to consider a federal law that makes public events and dissemination of information on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community to minors punishable by fines of up to $16,000.

Many, including Russia's dominant Orthodox church, have hailed the law saying it will boost Russia's dwindling birth rates.

Three dozen LGBT rights campaigners gathered Friday near the State Duma in Moscow to protest the law, while militant Orthodox activists started assaulting and pelting them with eggs. Police intervened, but mostly detained the LGBT campaigners.

Russia decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, but homophobia remains high in the country.

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  • BlondieSL, 2013-01-25 15:15:06

    Stupid F’K heads!!!Did it ever occur to themthat perhaps the decline in birth rates might be due to the ddictatorial, oppressive society they continue to live in?? Damned idiots.

  • bsinps, 2013-01-25 20:17:12

    It’s a dictatorship all over again

  • Michelle, 2013-01-28 15:29:56

    Let them think it with bring up the birth rates. When everyone sees that the LGBT community as no direct effect on it. Everyone can point and laugh and say, "I told you so". I wonder what socially oppressed group they will blame it on next?

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