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Gay-Rights Activists Arrested In Moscow


Nikolai Alekseyev is arrested outside the Moscow mayor's office.

Nikolai Alekseyev is arrested outside the Moscow mayor's office.

Russian news agencies report that at least 10 gay-rights activists protesting against the antihomosexual stance of Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov have been arrested.

One of those in custody is the head of a gay-rights association, Nikolai Alekseyev.

The activists had handcuffed themselves to a railing, and shouted slogans protesting the mayor's views. The protest was not authorized by the police.

Luzhkov has repeatedly banned gay-rights marches in the Russian capital, and described homosexual acts as "satanic."

compiled from agency reports
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