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Moscow Pride Held Without Incident

Moscow Pride Held Without Incident


Thirty Russian LGBT activists defied Moscow mayor Yuri Luzkhov, who has called gays "satanic" and banned gay events and demonstrations for several years, by marching down Moscow's Leningradsky Street on Saturday.

"LGBT activists from Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Minsk staged today the first-ever successful gay pride in Moscow, despite the [government] ban," said pride organizer Nikolai Alekseev. "Though the march was short, it happened. All the Russian media reported that for the first time in five years, the gay parade took place in Moscow without [participants] being arrested by the police and assaulted by protesters."

Watch video of the march below.

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