10 LGBT Russian Activists Arrested for Olympic Protest

The activists were released after four hours and face heavy fines for convening without permission.

BY Michelle Garcia

September 25 2013 1:41 PM ET

Police officers detain gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev during an unauthorized protest

Ten LGBT activists were arrested in Moscow while protesting Russia's antigay laws, which will likely remain in effect during the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi. All 10 were later released after four hours and charged with staging an unsanctioned event, according to Gay Star News.

The group had requested permission to protest peacefully, but was denied.

At the event, police seized a poster, which called for the end of the homophobic laws in Russia. The demonstration took place in front of the Olympic headquarters located in Moscow.

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