LGBT activists detained during a peaceful protest
Seven LGBT activists were detained for kissing at a rally near the State Duma in Moscow on 19 December. The event was organised by Civil Rights Defender’s partner, the Russian LGBT Network, and other local LGBT organisations, and was a protest against the bill banning ‘’propaganda of homosexuality’’.
Ten people – among them seven LGBT activists and three orthodox Russians, who had been throwing eggs at the activists – spent more than a day in the preliminary detention facility – designed to hold up to three people. After more than 30 hours, the activists were charged with disorderly conduct, punished by administrative fees and released.
The activists were detained when they began to kiss at a rally near the State Duma in Moscow. The kisses near the Duma were part of the campaign, organised by a Civil Rights Defender’s partner, the Russian LGBT Network, and other local LGBT organisations, against the ‘’propaganda of homosexuality’’ bill, scheduled for discussion on 22 January.
Other pickets against the proposed legislation, organised in five other regions in Russia on 19 December, went uninterrupted.
Initially due for discussion in the Duma on 21 December, the vaguely worded bill was rescheduled to 22 January.
Tags: Propaganda laws and Russian LGBT Network.