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LGBT Activists Arrested In Russia In Protest Of Olympics

Russian LGBT Network is reporting via Facebook that 4 LGBT activists have been arrested:

Just now in St.Petersburg 4 LGBT-activists, including one pregnant woman, were arrested. Among the activists were Anastasiya Smirnova and Aleksandra Semenova.

The activists were making photos with a banner "Discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic Movement. Principle 6. Olympic Charter" to support the company held today all over the world.

All the arrested will be taken to the 16th police department.

These arrests took place in St. Petersburg, so it's uncertain whether officials in Sochi are being more "lenient." In either case, we're still seeing LGBT activists being arrested for speaking out against Russia's anti-gay laws. It can't be a sign of good things to come. 

What do you think, Instincters?


(H/T: Towleroad)


Is it me, or does the Russian soldier/police officer look like Will (played by Chris Carmack), the closeted country singer on Nashville?

Let's think about this a bit. Russia in recent years has been active in human trafficking and illegal sex trade. There have been reports about families sending out children both boys and girls to work as prostitutes and one man who seemingly got away dressing up young boys as girls to please male tourists too drunk to know the difference. Rather than combat these evils, most likely sanctioned by the Russian Black Market, Putin and his comrades focus on combating gays and lesbians in the name of the family and society.

So, is this what we should expect? My guess is yes.

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