GayStarNews is reporting that about 60 participants in today’s St Petersburg Russia gay pride parade have been arrested and are being detained in police vans.
Nikolai Alekseev, one of Russia’s most prominent LGBT activists who was arrested last month for organizing a gay rights march has confirmed that around 60 fellow activists and pro-gay supporters are now in police custody and that some were badly beaten by anti-gay protestors who attacked the participant’s.
Five Russian gay couples, who yesterday in a historical legal move applied for marriage licenses, were also taking part in today’s march and are now under police custody. The chair of St. Petersburg Pride and Equality organization Yury Gavrikov and his partner Maksim were one of the couples arrested. Gavrikov, who knew he was likely to face arrest for organizing today’s gay pride march, could face double penalties as an LGBT individual and leader of an LGBT organization who breached the local and federal Russia’s gay gag laws to ‘protect minors’ from so called ‘homosexual propaganda’.
According to the draconian Russian law any media, gay rights organization, or individual could be fined up to one million rubles ($30.8k, €23.2k) and shut down for 90 days, individuals could be fined up to 100,000 rubles ($3k, €2.3k) and foreigners could be fined the same amount, held in jail for 15 days and deported.
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