About 30 activists gathered near a university in southwestern Moscow to protest discrimination against gays and lesbians in Russia.
The group, which included British gay rights advocate Peter Tatchell, waved flags and chanted slogans, including: "Homophobia is a disgrace of this country!" and "We are demanding equal rights!"
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After about a minute, riot police charged into the group and began to grab protesters, dragging them to waiting buses. Tatchell was talking with reporters when police started to haul him away. "This shows the Russian people are not free," he said.
Russian gay rights movement leader Nikolai Alexeyev was among those detained.
After the demonstration, riot police detained other gay activists who appeared after the protest and were speaking with the media. As they hauled away Ksenia Prilebskaya, police ripped off her shirt and bra and roughly pushed her into a police bus.
City authorities had barred Saturday's rally saying it was morally wrong. Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov has described homosexuality as "satanic."
I've always been surprised by the deep level of anti-gay bigotry that seems to pervade the Russian government and nation. Every year, whenever a gay rights rally is organized, inevitably the Russian authorities break it down and pretty much allow the participants to get the shit beat out of them.
Hey Russia -- how about looking to your European neighbors to your West for assistance on this issue.