Video: Gays arrested in Moscow’s Red Square, singing national anthem

A group of Russian gay rights protesters were just arrested in Red Square in Moscow.

Raw video footage (see below) just posted online shows a small group of activists waving rainbow flags, the symbol of the gay rights movement, and singing the Russian national anthem, in Moscow’s famous Red Square, with Lenin’s Tomb as the backrop.

Such protests are illegal in Russia, especially after the passage last summer of a draconian anti-gay law that bans any speech or actions that might convince children that being gay is okay.

Thus, rainbows of all sorts are banned, if it’s perceived that the rainbow is somehow too gay (a local region nearly got into some trouble recently as its flag has a rainbow on it).  Quoting gay people in newspapers is also illegal, if the gay person days say anything to defend themselves.

All of this occurs as the 2014 Winter Olympics open in Sochi, Russia today.

In good news, none of the police appeared to be wearing Coca-Cola’s logo…. this time.




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17 Responses to “Video: Gays arrested in Moscow’s Red Square, singing national anthem”

  1. Rian Penn says:

    When did being gay become such a huge deal? There’s no crime against being one, as far as I know.


  2. karmanot says:

    Oh please ppppffffttt

  3. karmanot says:

    Thanks N, we posted this with a tip o’ the hat to you

  4. Ninong says:

    BBC aired this documentary this past week: “Hunted”

  5. MichaelS says:

    Really??? On what experience do you base that conclusion? They would risk more than that here in the states. And considering the gay-bashing now effectively state-sanctioned in that country, how would you feel spending your nights in a Russian jail for promoting gay rights (and likely perceived as gay, whether true or not)?
    I’ve been arrested here for engaging in legal protests – it’s not fun. Wouldn’t ever want to find myself arrested in a police state, without rights, being charged by the state for engaging in what they have declared an illegal protest (even if the law itself is immoral). I salute these folks.

  6. mmmmx says:

    What is so brave about them? They will be charged with $100 fine at most if anything, but will get tens time more from Western NGOs operating in Russia.

  7. Anonymous says:

    AKA the most malleable voting base.

  8. MichaelS says:

    John: Meanwhile, here’s what was going on at the Olympics. The Russian Police Choir, FAR too camp for words… “GET LUCKY?” (Scroll ahead to 0:29) **REALLY???**

  9. 4th Turning says:

    I like to imagine they can feel the warm presence of us millions crowding around them
    in spirit.
    And I like what those guys over at Google have done, too! Eyes mist over each time
    I’ve gone online this day…

  10. MichaelS says:

    Those are some incredibly brave souls. I’m humbled.

  11. karmanot says:

    That too!

  12. Tom in Lazybrook says:

    Lets recap.
    1) A Puntinkin Village, instead of a viable Olympic Venue
    2) Arrests of peaceful protesters in St Petersburg for doing nothing more than standing on the street holding up a placard with the Olympic Charter Verbiage on it. People are now in jail for taking the IOC at their word. Shameful.
    3) Bad event scheduling causing top athletes to withdraw from new events
    4) Jailings of Environmental activists
    5) Bans on persons critical of Putin from attending the games
    6) Although gay protests are banned at Sochi, anti-Gays protested today in Sochi without arrest or even police intervention. So much for a ‘political free’ Olympics
    7) Worldwide condemnation of Russia’s treatment of its LGBT community
    8) Charges of police putting spycams in showers
    9) Charges of organized hacking of journalists and/or a total lack of internet security
    10) Problems with food provision.

    And that’s just in the first 36 hours of the games. Looks like these games are going to be a colossal fiasco.

  13. Bill_Perdue says:

    The arrests have begun in Sochi and across the RF. As always the courage of our Russian sister and brothers is a shining example for all of us.

  14. FLL says:

    A related suggestion for the Russian government: Hands off Ukraine.

  15. judybrowni says:

    I salute their bravery.

  16. UncleBucky says:

    Screw Russia.

  17. LanceThruster says:

    Pooty-Poot should to pick his battles better. This is not about protecting children, this is about oppression of human rights to placate the ‘traditionalists’ and church.

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