Fourteen activists protesting Russia's
anti-gay law have been arrested as the Winter Olympics open in Sochi.
AP reported that 4 gay rights activists were arrested in St.
Petersburg on Friday.
The demonstrators, who gathered on St.
Petersburg's Vasilyevsky Island, barely managed to unfurl a banner
quoting the Olympic Charter's ban on any form of discrimination
before they were carted off by police.
Russia in June outlawed the promotion
of “gay propaganda” to minors.
The Russian online news site Grani.ru
reported 10 additional arrests in Moscow.
In a video accompanying the story, the
activists, two of whom are from Sweden, sing the Russian National
Anthem and wave rainbow flags on Red Square. According to the
report, the demonstration lasted less than a minute before police
intervened. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit
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The singing of the Russian National
Anthem in support of LGBT Russians was popularized by the LIVE AND
LET LOVE campaign, which recently released a video featuring
thousands of choir members singing the anthem in Stockholm's Olympic
sing Russian National Anthem in Olympic stadium to support LGBT