5 Gay Activists, Including Nikolai Alekseev Arrested Outside Russian Embassy In Paris As They Deliver Petition

The French-language LGBT Website, Yagg, is reporting that a group of gay activists including Louis-Georges Tin, the founder of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Russian activist Nikolai Alekseev (pictured left); American photo-journalist Chad Meacham,  Act Up-Paris co-chair Audrey Grelombe and an unidentified russian activist were arrested in Paris this morning as they tried to deliver a petition to the Russian Embassy against the violence during Moscow Pride at the end of May.

The reason for the arrests, was because the five were taking part in an unauthorised gathering. The five were taken to a police station for identity checks where later four were released by the police. But Nikolai Alekseev is still being held in detention. Alekseev asked the police in English for a lawyer and, was insulted by the police officer who told him that he was not in Russia and to go back to your country”

Simply shocking and disgusting behavior by the French government. 

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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