Plainclothes Agents Detain Russian LGBT Activists Over Sochi Pride Ban Protest

Vladimir Putin has banned all unsanctioned protests in Sochi for two months.

Tatyana Makeyeva / Reuters

Police and plainclothes agents in Moscow detained 10 LGBT activists outside the headquarters for the Sochi Olympics organizing committee on Wednesday for protesting a decree that essentially bans pride parades during the games.

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree last month that puts Sochi on lockdown for two months surrounding February’s Olympics, banning all public gatherings “unrelated” to the games and establishing a giant “forbidden zone” near the city with restricted access. Nikolai Alexeyev, a controversial activist among those briefly detained Wednesday, has announced his intent to appeal the decree.

Tatyana Makeyeva / Reuters

Tatyana Makeyeva / Reuters

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