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ADDED ON: 06/15/2018

LGBT Activist Arrested in Russia During World Cup

06/14/2018 | The Advocate

An LGBT activist was arrested in Russia for staging a one-man protest. Peter Tatchell, a British citizen, was detained Thursday in Moscow, the first day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, for speaking out against the Eastern European nation’s inaction toward human rights abuses in Chechnya, a region of Russia. “Putin fails to act against Chechnya torture of gay people,” read the sign held by Tatchell. Tatchell was taken to a police station by several officers and released later that day, reports CNN. The activist will have to appear in court on June 26 because, according to a post on his Twitter, he is “charged with violating Federal Law 54 & Presidential Decree 202, which prohibit all protests near the Kremlin & during World Cup.”

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