Russian Gay Activist arrested waving Rainbow Flag at Sochi Olympic Torch Relay

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By Cathy Kristofferson, January 18, 2014

rf1Russian LGBT activist Pavel Lebedev today jumped out in front of the torchbearer of the Olympic Torch Relay in Voronezh, Russia and waved a rainbow flag. He was of course then tacked by event personnel and handed over to police. The information on social media from @ru_lgbt_teen who tweeted the action complete with the series of pictures below (thank you!) says “Police took away Pavel Lebedev to the police station number 1 on Bogdan Khmelnitsky Street, 60.

Since youth were undoubtedly present at the pre-Sochi event, Lebedev risks not only charges stemming from jumping the security line but also violating Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law by expressing a positive image (rainbow flag) where youth can see. Imagine…

We will add updates to the story as information becomes available.

Translation of a report found online says:

In Voronezh during the Olympic torch relay was…

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