Saturday, May 25, 2013

Russia: Gay Rights Activists To Defy Rally Ban

Activists will attempt to hold a gay pride march in Moscow despite being banned by authorities and warned they will be breaking the law.

City officials have promised the action will be "thwarted" and protesters face being arrested and fined. But they say they are determined to make their voices heard.

The torture and murder of a young man in Volgograd has focused attention on the issue of homophobia in Russia and what human rights groups claim is an increasingly dangerous situation.

Vladislav Tornovoi, 22, was found dead earlier this month in a children’s playground outside the block of flats where he grew up.