flag-russiaIn Lenin Square, gay activist went to the building of the Assembly of Deputies of the Arkhangelsk region, holding a large poster, which read: “Teenagers have homosexuals as much as adults. Who will protect them?”

Transgender activist Anno Komarov and gay activists Alex Kiselev and Nikolai Alekseev, founder of Moscow Pride, picketed recently with placards calling for tolerance of homosexuality: with slogans such as “Homosexuality – it’s natural and normal.” He cited Tchaikovsky, Sergei Paradjanov, Rudolf Nureyev and other prominent Russians.

The Russian authorities are taking a hard line on gay rights and have issued laws against gay propaganda to minors, which will be discussed at the UN in early 2012.

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