Violence, arrests greet protest against Russian anti-gay bill

Attack on protesters in Moscow. (Still photo from video, courtesy of Sky News)
Attack on protesters in Moscow. (Still photo from video, courtesy of Sky News)

Gay rights activists in Moscow were pelted with eggs today by supporters of a proposed Russian law against discussions of homosexuality in the presence of minors.

Police made several arrests.

The proposal is scheduled for consideration next month in the lower house of the Russian parliament, the Duma.  Laws against “gay propaganda” are on the books in Saint Petersburg, Ryazan, Arkangelsk Kostroma, Magadansk, Samar, Bashkortostan, Krasnodar and Novosibirsk.

Nikolai Alekseev of Gay Russia told Gay Star News:

There was about 15 people there. They were picketing the entrance to the Duma with placards and they decided to make this kissing protest in front of the entrance. There were about four or five couples, male and female, kissing. Then this radical Orthodox activist attacked them physically and with eggs.

Activists reported that protests against the bill were also held today in Saint Petersburg, Tomsk, Samara and Arkhangelsk.

Police at protest in Moscow. (Photo courtesy of Russian LGBT Network on Facebook)
Police at protest in Moscow. (Photo courtesy of Russian LGBT Network on Facebook)

One activist said police made 18 arrests in Moscow, including 11 protesters, five Orthodox activists and two journalists.

Sky News reported:

Several activists on both sides were detained by police amid the protest against a controversial new bill banning “gay propaganda.” ….

Police also arrested 15 demonstrators protesting against a proposal to ban foreign adoptions of Russian orphans, according to activists.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him at info@76crimes.com.

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