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US News Peter Tatchell has been arrested in Russia for staging an anti-Putin protest

17:10  14 june  2018
17:10  14 june  2018 Source:   pinknews.co.uk

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NOTE: Peter Tatchell has been to Russia five times to support LGBT+ campaigners who were attempting to hold a LGBT+ Pride parade and festival: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Each time, these were suppressed by the authorities, sometimes violently. He was arrested twice and beaten

Peter Tatchell et al. standing in front of a building © PinkNews Media Group Leading human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been detained in Russia, after staging a one man protest against Putin’s response to the torture of gay people in Chechnya.

The LGBT rights activist was arrested near Moscow’s Red Square. He had been standing beside a statue of Marshal Zhukov, near the Kremlin, holding a placard which read: “Putin fails to act against Chechnya torture of gay people.”

Cops soon approached him and walked him to a police care where he was questioned, and then driven off to a police station.

Veteran British LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is detained by a police officer during a one-man protest to draw attention to what he said were appalling human rights abuses committed against gay men in Chechnya, in central Moscow, Russia June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Glab Garanich © Reuters Veteran British LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is detained by a police officer during a one-man protest to draw attention to what he said were appalling human rights abuses committed against gay men in Chechnya, in central Moscow, Russia June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Glab Garanich

Tatchell’s official Twitter account has confirmed the news, posting: “Confirmed. Peter has been detained by Moscow Police and taken to Tverskaya Police Station. #RainbowRussians and #WorldCup2018.”

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His account also posted a video of Tatchell speaking to police.

Tatchell’s arrest comes just hours before Russia opens the World Cup by playing a match against Saudi Arabia.

Speaking before his arrest in Moscow, Tatchell said: “I was exercising my lawful right to protest, under the Russian constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression and the right to protest in Articles 29 and 31.

A one-person protest, which is what I did, requires no permission from the authorities and the police.

Veteran British LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is detained by police officers during a one-man protest to draw attention to what he said were appalling human rights abuses committed against gay men in Chechnya, in central Moscow, Russia June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Glab Garanich © Reuters Veteran British LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is detained by police officers during a one-man protest to draw attention to what he said were appalling human rights abuses committed against gay men in Chechnya, in central Moscow, Russia June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Glab Garanich

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In 2007, Peter Tatchell spoke to PinkNews after he was punched in the face by a suspected neo-Nazi and then arrested by Russian riot police in Moscow. In August 2012, Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot were jailed for two years for staging an anti -Vladimir Putin protest , with a song that

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“Unlike brave Russian protesters, I have the ‘protection’ of a British passport, which means I have been treated more leniently than they are.”

He added: “My fate was mild compared to what often happens to Russians who dare to challenge the Putin regime.

I am awed by their courage.” “President Putin has failed to condemn and act against the homophobic witch-hunts in Chechnya, which have seen scores of LGBT+ people arrested and tortured, with some even being killed.

Veteran British LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is detained by police officers during a one-man protest to draw attention to what he said were appalling human rights abuses committed against gay men in Chechnya, in central Moscow, Russia June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Glab Garanich © Reuters Veteran British LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is detained by police officers during a one-man protest to draw attention to what he said were appalling human rights abuses committed against gay men in Chechnya, in central Moscow, Russia June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Glab Garanich

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People have even been boycotting Russian products in protest . Peter Tatchell , in the blue shirt and tie to the left of this picture, looked a little despondent. More from Russia : Last Year was the Worst for Russia 's Human Rights in Its Post-Soviet History.

The placards had slogans such as: “Gergiev supports tyrant Putin & anti -gay law” and “ Putin arrests peaceful protesters & opposition leaders. The protest theme was : “Sparkle for freedom in Russia . Putin suppresses, we sparkle.” The protest was organised by the Peter Tatchell Foundation, with

The UK government has already warned LGBT football fans heading to the Word Cup to hide their sexuality in public. Earlier today, PinkNews reported on a gay football fan, who was viciously attacked in St Petersburg.

Tatchell, born in 1952, has been campaigning for human rights since 1967 – and has been arrested multiple times, including in Russia before.

In 2007, he was attacked by neo-Nazis – when he suffered brain damage – and arrested at the Moscow Gay Pride parade. He was also arrested on a later visit.

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