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Moscow’s first gay pride parade was held in May 2006, thirteen years after homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion, the beginning of a new era of openness for the LGBT community.

It didn’t quite work out that way. LGBT marchers that day clashed with riot police, who tried to stop the event. “We disturbed something very deeply rooted in Russian society, some very evil power of intolerance and violence,” says Nikolai Baev, a prominent LGBT rights activist who attended the march.


Read more: The Fear of Being Gay in Russia: Putin’s state has allowed violence against the Russian LGBT community to spike.
By Nora FitzGerald and Vladimir Ruvinsky
Politico (March 22, 2015)