Chaos ensued during a gay pride event in Moscow when well-known gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev and 40 others were arrested and jailed on Sunday for holding a demonstration near city hall. The police disrupted the event that celebrated the anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Russia, claiming it was not sanctioned by authorities.
The state-run news agency RIA Novosti reports that it is rare for gay rights demonstrations in Moscow to be interrupted by the authorities because most demonstrations conclude before the police can intervene. Government officials, however, including Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, do not condone gay-right rallies. They are opposed to the events and believe them to be “Satanic,” according to the RIA Novosti. [cnn]