Russian police on Saturday detained greater than 30 folks, most of them girls, who had been staging separate one-person protests in central Moscow in opposition to expenses of spreading pornography levelled in opposition to a outstanding LGBT activist, a monitoring group mentioned.
One activist was additionally detained in St. Petersburg, OVD-Information, the monitoring group mentioned.
Earlier this month, police within the Russian Far East charged Julia Tsvetkova, an LGBT and feminist activist, with spreading pornography through her photos, she mentioned on her Fb web page.
If discovered responsible, Tsvetkova could withstand six years in jail.
A kind of detained in Moscow held a placard saying: “At the moment they ship to jail for photos, tomorrow they’ll ship to jail for letters? Freedom for Julia Tsvetkova!”
One-person protests are normally authorized in Russia. Nevertheless there have been quite a few circumstances of demonstrators being detained.
Police declined to touch upon the detentions on Saturday.
Western governments and human rights activists have criticised the Russian authorities for his or her remedy of LGBT folks.
A vote on proposed modifications to the Russian structure is ongoing. Amongst many amendments proposed by President Vladimir Putin is an article defining marriage as a union between a person and a lady.
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