RUSSIA: St. Petersburg Police Arrest Activists At May Day Protest Against Chechen Persecution Of Gay Men

The Independent reports:

Russian police have detained LGBT activists attempting to raise awareness about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya. The demonstration was held during a May Day march in St Petersburg, with a group of around 10 protesters arrested near the Anichkov Palace in the centre of Russia’s second city.

Images shared on Twitter showed activists lying on the road pretending to be dead, with fake blood smeared across their faces and covered with rainbow and Chechen flags.

Officers in riot gear were shown arresting protesters and dragging them to a police van. A separate group of gay-rights protesters were detained with placards that called for the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, to be tried at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

  • PickyPecker
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  • Boy Elvis

    And the American right is making heart-eyes at Russia even more right now. “Oh, if only we could be as totalitarian as you!”

    • Rambie


      This is just a preview for those of us living under the GOP/Trump regime. Once they beat the “immigrant” Strawman down they’ll be coming for us!

      • Todd20036

        The only difference that matters is that big business will not tolerate a crackdown on LBGT rights.
        Companies will move to “blue” states to protect their employees and avoid boycotts.

        That just doesn’t happen in Russia

        • Rambie

          We’re lucky here that we do have many companies who are pro-LGBT. That’s the power of disposable income and how effective our protests can be.

          That support can not be assumed though, we need to stay vigilant.

          • Steverino

            Indeed, the economic powers-that-be in this country are more pro-corporate than pro-christianist, which in spite of all the innumerable evils of a corporate state (environmental, economic, “defense,” etc.) does bode well for protecting LGBT rights, it seems. The pro-corporate judicial branch needs to pay attention to this trend.

          • Todd20036

            Agreed. But ironically, the biggest protection LBGTs have in the US… is money.

        • No, they won’t. And even if they would resist doing that, the mass exodus of quality employees for blue state jobs would make such moves necessary. Companies adopted gay rights policies as well as other quality of life policies int he 90s to aid in recruiting. Disney was about the last studio to do so and was basically forced to because their top talents were leaving because of those workplace rules. People have more power than they think. We just don’t often exercise it.

  • Ninja0980

    The Religious Reich in this country are green with envy over Russia and what they are able to get away with in regards to LGBT folks.

  • PickyPecker
  • Todd20036

    There Chechen muslims couldn’t do what they are doing without the tacit approval of Putin.

  • Tawreos

    Why do I get the feeling that the religious right is going to be a bigger nuisance than ever during Pride this year?

    • Todd20036

      In DC and NYC, they are outnumbered and shouted down.
      I imagine the same in Chicago, New Orleans, LA, SF…
      But some of the smaller parades could have real problems.

      • The solution is to get the NALT Christians to show up and confront them. And the so-called moderate Republicans who claim to be good on gay rights. Let them show up and fight for us if they are serious and not just full of shit.

        • Todd20036

          NALT Christians don’t give a shit about us. All they care about is different factions of Christians not fighting each other.

          I’ve no respect for them

          • There are a very small minority that are exceptions, but for the most part they will do just about anything within reason to avoid conflict. And they will blame gay people for “stirring up trouble” before condemning the fundamentalists. At least in my (extensive) experience.

  • greenmanTN

    I think I need growth hormones for my middle finger.


    Silence = Death. To protest in an oppressive regime like Russia takes a special kind of courage.


    The Russian spokesperson deflects and panics when confronted :

    • David Walker

      Ha! Amateur! Why, our Kelly Anne Cornhole could lie and bluster circles around this “spokesperson.” She’s an embarrassment to the USSR. I’m sorry, I meant Russia. What was I thinking?

    • Katie didn’t back down. She kept asking questions. Good for her.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      ” Oh gosh, why are you focused on the homos ? “

  • Those are some brave people. I don’t know how to express my respect and gratitude to them.

  • David Walker

    And to think that today has been officially proclaimed “Loyalty Day” by 45. Look at these demonstrators, 45. Everything you and Cult 45 are not. Shame.

  • goofy_joe

    Those people have courage.

  • Richard

    I can only hope that I will have the courage exhibited by our GLBT folks in Russia if the day comes when American Gay citizens are being rounded up and taken to camps.

  • Hank
  • Natty Enquirer

    “We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”

  • Russia has proven once again that it is a primitive, backward country of thugs and criminals not acceptable to join modern nations in advancing stable and just society.

  • JWC

    They have a tuffer row than Stonewall had but peaceful persistance will win out

  • JCF