Russia police arrest gay activists

Russia police arrest gay activists
Google supports gay rights in its homepage today

Russian police have arrested four gay rights activists protesting in St Petersburg on the opening day of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

During the protest, four gay activists unfurled a banner quoting the Olympic Charter’s ban on any form of discrimination.

The protesters, who gathered on St Petersburg’s Vasilyevsky Island, were quickly rounded up by police, according to Natalia Tsymbalova, a local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activist.

Police refused any immediate comment.

A Russian law banning gay “propaganda” from reaching minors has drawn strong international criticism and calls for boycott of the Sochi Games from gay activists and others.

Russian law also bans any unsanctioned protests and violators may face fines or prison sentences.

Channel Four's Hunted documetary this week highlighted vigilantes' victinisation of gay people in Russia.

More on this topic

Sochi speed skating - the Mario Kart editionSochi speed skating - the Mario Kart edition

O'Connor 'beyond honoured' to be named Ireland  flag-bearerO'Connor 'beyond honoured' to be named Ireland flag-bearer

Militia attack Pussy Riot protestersMilitia attack Pussy Riot protesters

Irish skier out of Giant Slalom after fall in first runIrish skier out of Giant Slalom after fall in first run

More in this Section

About 50 Britons at coronavirus quarantine hotel allowed to leaveAbout 50 Britons at coronavirus quarantine hotel allowed to leave

US soap opera co-creator Lee Phillip Bell diesUS soap opera co-creator Lee Phillip Bell dies

Putin says he rejected offer to use body doubles during Chechen warPutin says he rejected offer to use body doubles during Chechen war

Prague square named after Russian opposition figure Boris NemtsovPrague square named after Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov


Lifestyle

Hannah Stephenson seeks expert advice on how we can dig into the benefits nature offers our wellbeing.How to grow your own mindfulness comfort zone

Kerry was my first taste of freedom. My parents left me with my aunty from the age of nine. My son is nine now, but the Irish college is gone, the shop is closed, and the once bustling church looks sad, like a forgotten song.Secret Diary of an Irish Teacher: a nostalgic night in Kerry

Posh Cork's agony aunt: sorting out Cork people for ages.Ask Audrey: Why aren't William and Kate coming to Cork?

Festival season approaches, legends come to the Opera House, and a young Irish phenomenon continues to impact on UK telly, writes Arts Editor Des O'Driscoll.Scene and Heard: 'the major voice of a generation'

More From The Irish Examiner