Academy Award-winning actress Tilda
Swinton has defied a new Russian law that prohibits the public
promotion of gay rights.
Swinton, 52, released a photograph of
herself standing in front of the Kremlin holding a rainbow flag, a
symbol of LGBT rights.
“In solidarity. From Russia with
love,” she reportedly said
in a statement via her spokesperson.
Last month, Russian President Vladimir
Putin signed a law which prohibits the promotion of “gay
propaganda” to minors. Since Swinton took the picture in a public
setting and released it on the Internet, where children could view
it, she is likely in violation of the law.
“Tourists attempting what Tilda
Swinton did in #Russia are subject to 15 days detention in jail,”
Daily Kos writer Scott Wooledge tweeted.
The British actress and model won the
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the
2007 film Michael Clayton.