Russian police have detained at least 25 LGBT rights activists all through a protest in St Petersburg to advertise the rights of sexual minorities.
About 60 activists collected at the major sq. in the town centre, in spite of a ban being placed on the rally.
They held up placards and rainbow-coloured flags, and referred to as for LGBT rights to be protected.
In 2013, Russia passed regulation banning the spreading of what it described as gay propaganda.
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Organisers of Saturday’s rally said that each demonstrator had protested by myself, to bypass the rally being categorised as a gathering.
Image copyright Reuters Symbol caption Demonstrators had been taken to a police station
The demonstration’s co-organiser Aleksei Nazarov informed the AFP news agency that police had focused demonstrators who had the “most vibrant flags and clothes”.
Demonstrators at the rally told the Reuters they had been there to show harmony with the community.
“This topic is silenced in the mass media. These gay people exist, the authorities will have to paintings with them by some means and we must always seek for dialogue,” one protester, Mikhail, mentioned.