Moscow: Moscow police have arrested more
than 30 people in a pair of attempts by activists to hold
unauthorised gay rights demonstrations in the capital.
Opponents of gay rights scuffled with the
demonstrators and with police in today`s actions. A police
spokesman, Maxim Kolosvetov, told Russian news agencies that
18 gay activists and 14 opponents were arrested.
Moscow authorities routinely ban gay rights
demonstrations. Although homosexuality was decriminalised in
post-Soviet Russia, anti-gay sentiment is high and authorities
justify the bans on the grounds of trying to prevent fights.
Activists tried to hold a demonstration at the Tomb of
the Unknown Soldier outside the Kremlin and later outside the