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Moscow Police Detain Two At Gay-Pride Rally

Gay-rights activists hold rainbow flags on top of a car during a protest in central Moscow on May 31.
Police in Moscow have taken two women into custody as a small group of gay-rights activists attempted to conduct a rally dedicated to Conchita Wurst, the bearded Austrian transvestite who won this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Police quickly broke up the unsanctioned May 31 rally near the mayor's office and arrested the two women, who were holding a rainbow flag, the symbol of the gay-rights movement.

The arrests reportedly happened shortly after a car with rainbow flags on it passed down the street with Conchita Wurst's signature song, "Rise Like a Phoenix," playing at full volume.

Russian officials have criminalized dissemination of homosexual "propaganda" to minors and while homosexuality is not illegal, there is rising antigay sentiment in Russia.
Based on reporting by AFP and AP