Russia: Pride rally held in St. Petersburg without violence

Russian news sources report that a peaceful Pride parade took place in St Petersburg on Sunday July 27, despite organisers being told to hold the event on a landfill site.The Moscow and St. Petersburg Times reported some two dozen LGBT activists rallied in the Field of Mars square on Sunday to celebrate gay pride. reports that 150 attendees at the event.

Despite the event being without violence, a number of attendees were detained by Russian police forces for carrying placards depicting images and sayings, which fell under Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.

Last year’s St Petersburg rally ended in multiple arrests and violence.

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