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Detained Activist Demands Moscow Protest

Detained Activist Demands Moscow Protest


Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev has called for protests against Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov for allegedly having a hand in his abduction last week.

"Tomorrow me and other activists are going for unsanctioned demonstration in front of Moscow City Hall to ask for criminal prosecution of Mayor Luzhkov who is now in Austria with his billioneer wife," Alekseev wrote on Facebook, according to Towleroad. "The action is at 6 pm on Tuesday in front of City Hall. Protest Luzhkov everywhere you can abroad! It can especially be effective in Austria!!!"

Alekseev was kidnapped September 15 at a Moscow airport and says he was threatened and pressured by his captors to withdraw a complaint against city authorities he had filed in the European Court of Human Rights. He was about to board a flight to Geneva but was instead taken to a police station about 100 kilometers away, where he stayed for two days.

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