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1. Wide of Moscow mayor’s office
2. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Yury Gavrikov, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) activist:
“Moscow’s government illegally bans public LGBT actions, and the same thing has happened in St. Petersburg. All rallies are banned…”
(he breaks off as policeman comes up to him, and he speaks to policeman as follows)
“Who are you? Show me your documents please.”
3. Various of Gavrikov being arrested by police and physically carried from scene
4. Wide of press at the scene
5. Gavrikov is carried away
6. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Nikolai Alexeev, LGBT activist:
“Moscow’s government illegally bans public actions by sexual minorities. We urgently have to do something about this.”
7. Various of Alexeev being arrested
8. Anti-gay protester holding picture of a Russian tsar
9. Close up of picture
10. Police car near the Square
Gay rights activists were arrested on Saturday in Moscow, during a gay rights protest in a square near the mayor’s office.
Russian police say they detained at least 30 gay rights campaigners and anti-gay protesters at various locations in the Russian capital.
During the protest in front of the mayor’s office, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) activists Yury Gavrikov and Nikolai Alexeev were arrested.
“Moscow’s government illegally bans public LGBT actions and the same has happened in St. Petersburg. All rallies are banned…” Gavrikov said, before being interrupted by officers who had come to arrest him.
He was referring to Moscow authorities who have turned down a request to conduct a gay parade on May 25 and a gay rights rally on May 26.
Another LGBT activist Nikolai Alexeev said, before he too was arrested, “Moscow’s government illegally bans public actions by sexual minorities. We urgently have to do something about this.”
Earlier in the day, campaigners had rallied in front of Russia’s lower house of parliament.
Russia’s lower house of parliament voted in January for a bill that makes public events and dissemination of information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to minors punishable by fines of up to 16,000 US dollars.
The bill still awaits final approval.
Russia decriminalised homosexuality in 1993, but homophobia remains strong in the country. Government critics and gay rights activists claim that the Kremlin and the powerful Orthodox Church encourage vigilante groups to attack gay rallies and parades.
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