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Police break up gay rally in Russian capital

rhondathompson, rhondathompson@nationnews.com

Added 21 September 2010

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MOSCOW – Police dispersed a gay  rally Tuesday and detained at least a dozen protesters in the Russian capital. The two dozen demonstrators had been protesting the policies of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has called homosexuals "satanic" and thwarted attempts to hold a gay  pride rally in the city. Police detained most, if not all, of those participating in Tuesday's rally, which was held without a required permit near city hall. The activists handcuffed themselves to a monument for the 13th-century Russian prince who founded Moscow, displayed a papier-mache mummy resembling Luzhkov and unfurled posters ridiculing the mayor and his billionaire wife, Yelena Baturina. The activists said they objected to Luzhkov's recent use of the word "fag," and a court's subsequent ruling that the word could not be deemed offensive. Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but anti-gay feelings remain strong. The country's dominant Orthodox Church condemns gay lifestyle, and Orthodox activists have participated in dispersing previous gay rallies. (AP)  

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