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    People dance at a private gay club called [Malevich] in St. Petersburg February 2, 2013. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)


    People dance at a private gay club called [Malevich] in St. Petersburg February 2, 2013. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)




    A gay rights activist holds a board displaying 19th century Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva during an unsanctioned protest rally to defend the rights of Russian gays and lesbians in St. Petersburg, in this April 7, 2012 file photo. Along with a planned new law banning the spread of gay [propaganda] among minors, President Vladimir Putin has also overseen a religious revival that aims to give the Orthodox Church, whose leader has suggested that homosexuality is one of the main threats to Russia, a more public role as a moral authority. The number of documented cases of violence against gays in Russia is low. But there are no official figures on anti-gay crime in Russia, and gay rights campaigners say the numbers available mask the true number of attacks on gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people. Most go unreported, or are not classified as such by the police. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)


    A gay rights activist holds a board displaying 19th century Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva during an unsanctioned protest rally to defend the rights of Russian gays and lesbians in St. Petersburg, in this April 7, 2012 file photo. Along with a planned new law banning the spread of gay [propaganda] among minors, President Vladimir Putin has also overseen a religious revival that aims to give the Orthodox Church, whose leader has suggested that homosexuality is one of the main threats to Russia, a more public role as a moral authority. The number of documented cases of violence against gays in Russia is low. But there are no official figures on anti-gay crime in Russia, and gay rights campaigners say the numbers available mask the true number of attacks on gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people. Most go unreported, or are not classified as such by the police. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)




    Gay rights activists kiss during a protest outside the Duma, Russia's lower house of Parliament, in Moscow January 22, 2013. Russia's parliament is due to hold its first reading on a [homosexual propaganda] law. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)


    Gay rights activists kiss during a protest outside the Duma, Russia's lower house of Parliament, in Moscow January 22, 2013. Russia's parliament is due to hold its first reading on a [homosexual propaganda] law. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)




    Police detain a gay rights activist during a protest in St. Petersburg June 26, 2010. Along with a planned new law banning the spread of gay [propaganda] among minors, President Vladimir Putin has also overseen a religious revival that aims to give the Orthodox Church, whose leader has suggested that homosexuality is one of the main threats to Russia, a more public role as a moral authority. The number of documented cases of violence against gays in Russia is low. But there are no official figures on anti-gay crime in Russia, and gay rights campaigners say the numbers available mask the true number of attacks on gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people. Most go unreported, or are not classified as such by the police. The poster reads: [My gender is my choice]. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)


    Police detain a gay rights activist during a protest in St. Petersburg June 26, 2010. Along with a planned new law banning the spread of gay [propaganda] among minors, President Vladimir Putin has also overseen a religious revival that aims to give the Orthodox Church, whose leader has suggested that homosexuality is one of the main threats to Russia, a more public role as a moral authority. The number of documented cases of violence against gays in Russia is low. But there are no official figures on anti-gay crime in Russia, and gay rights campaigners say the numbers available mask the true number of attacks on gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people. Most go unreported, or are not classified as such by the police. The poster reads: [My gender is my choice]. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)




    Russian police detain gay rights activist Nikolay Alexeyev during a rally outside the mayor's office in Moscow May 25, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


    Russian police detain gay rights activist Nikolay Alexeyev during a rally outside the mayor's office in Moscow May 25, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




    A gay rights activist (C) scuffles with Orthodox Christian activists during a protest rally in Moscow, May 6, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


    A gay rights activist (C) scuffles with Orthodox Christian activists during a protest rally in Moscow, May 6, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




    Police detain Russian gay rights leader Nikolai Alexeyev after he arrived with a man dressed in a bridal gown at an unsanctioned gay rights protest in Moscow May 16, 2009. Dozens of riot police broke up a gay rights demonstration on Saturday ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest final, grabbing protesters and throwing them into police cars and a waiting bus. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)


    Police detain Russian gay rights leader Nikolai Alexeyev after he arrived with a man dressed in a bridal gown at an unsanctioned gay rights protest in Moscow May 16, 2009. Dozens of riot police broke up a gay rights demonstration on Saturday ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest final, grabbing protesters and throwing them into police cars and a waiting bus. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




    A policeman detains a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


    A policeman detains a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




    Policemen break up a fight between a gay rights activist and an anti-gay rights activist (in yellow) during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


    Policemen break up a fight between a gay rights activist and an anti-gay rights activist (in yellow) during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




    A man (R), protesting against a gay pride parade, attacks a gay rights activist near the headquarters of Moscow city Duma in central Moscow May 27, 2012. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


    A man (R), protesting against a gay pride parade, attacks a gay rights activist near the headquarters of Moscow city Duma in central Moscow May 27, 2012. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




    Gay rights activists kiss during a protest outside the Duma, Russia's lower house of Parliament, in Moscow, June 11, 2013, on the day MPs vote to establish fines and even jail time for people who promote homosexual propaganda to minors. (Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP Photo)


    Gay rights activists kiss during a protest outside the Duma, Russia's lower house of Parliament, in Moscow, June 11, 2013, on the day MPs vote to establish fines and even jail time for people who promote homosexual propaganda to minors. (Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP Photo)




    A man attacks a gay rights activist during a gay pride parade, which was unsanctioned by the city authorities, in St. Petersburg June 25, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)


    A man attacks a gay rights activist during a gay pride parade, which was unsanctioned by the city authorities, in St. Petersburg June 25, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)




    A gay rights activist holds a banner during a rally to mark international day against homophobia in St. Petersburg May 17, 2013. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)


    A gay rights activist holds a banner during a rally to mark international day against homophobia in St. Petersburg May 17, 2013. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)




    A radical Orthodox believer (R) throws an egg at gay rights activists during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists involved in a [kissing protest] on Tuesday outside parliament where lawmakers were preparing to pass a bill banning homosexual [propaganda]. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


    A radical Orthodox believer (R) throws an egg at gay rights activists during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists involved in a [kissing protest] on Tuesday outside parliament where lawmakers were preparing to pass a bill banning homosexual [propaganda]. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




    People attack a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


    People attack a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




    A radical Orthodox believer (C) crushes an egg on a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists involved in a [kissing protest] on Tuesday outside parliament where lawmakers were preparing to pass a bill banning homosexual [propaganda]. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


    A radical Orthodox believer (C) crushes an egg on a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists involved in a [kissing protest] on Tuesday outside parliament where lawmakers were preparing to pass a bill banning homosexual [propaganda]. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




    Youths kick a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


    Youths kick a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




    Youths kick a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


    Youths kick a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




    A gay rights activist is hit by an egg during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. Activists say the bill, backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin's allies in parliament, would prohibit all gay-rights rallies and fear it is fuelling violence against gays. Russian authorities say two recent murders were motivated by homophobia. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


    A gay rights activist is hit by an egg during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. Activists say the bill, backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin's allies in parliament, would prohibit all gay-rights rallies and fear it is fuelling violence against gays. Russian authorities say two recent murders were motivated by homophobia. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




    A gay rights activist is comforted by a supporter after being attacked during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


    A gay rights activist is comforted by a supporter after being attacked during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


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Gay in Russia


People dance at a private gay club called [Malevich] in St. Petersburg February 2, 2013. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)


People dance at a private gay club called [Malevich] in St. Petersburg February 2, 2013. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)




A gay rights activist holds a board displaying 19th century Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva during an unsanctioned protest rally to defend the rights of Russian gays and lesbians in St. Petersburg, in this April 7, 2012 file photo. Along with a planned new law banning the spread of gay [propaganda] among minors, President Vladimir Putin has also overseen a religious revival that aims to give the Orthodox Church, whose leader has suggested that homosexuality is one of the main threats to Russia, a more public role as a moral authority. The number of documented cases of violence against gays in Russia is low. But there are no official figures on anti-gay crime in Russia, and gay rights campaigners say the numbers available mask the true number of attacks on gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people. Most go unreported, or are not classified as such by the police. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)


A gay rights activist holds a board displaying 19th century Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva during an unsanctioned protest rally to defend the rights of Russian gays and lesbians in St. Petersburg, in this April 7, 2012 file photo. Along with a planned new law banning the spread of gay [propaganda] among minors, President Vladimir Putin has also overseen a religious revival that aims to give the Orthodox Church, whose leader has suggested that homosexuality is one of the main threats to Russia, a more public role as a moral authority. The number of documented cases of violence against gays in Russia is low. But there are no official figures on anti-gay crime in Russia, and gay rights campaigners say the numbers available mask the true number of attacks on gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people. Most go unreported, or are not classified as such by the police. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)




Gay rights activists kiss during a protest outside the Duma, Russia's lower house of Parliament, in Moscow January 22, 2013. Russia's parliament is due to hold its first reading on a [homosexual propaganda] law. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)


Gay rights activists kiss during a protest outside the Duma, Russia's lower house of Parliament, in Moscow January 22, 2013. Russia's parliament is due to hold its first reading on a [homosexual propaganda] law. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)




Police detain a gay rights activist during a protest in St. Petersburg June 26, 2010. Along with a planned new law banning the spread of gay [propaganda] among minors, President Vladimir Putin has also overseen a religious revival that aims to give the Orthodox Church, whose leader has suggested that homosexuality is one of the main threats to Russia, a more public role as a moral authority. The number of documented cases of violence against gays in Russia is low. But there are no official figures on anti-gay crime in Russia, and gay rights campaigners say the numbers available mask the true number of attacks on gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people. Most go unreported, or are not classified as such by the police. The poster reads: [My gender is my choice]. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)


Police detain a gay rights activist during a protest in St. Petersburg June 26, 2010. Along with a planned new law banning the spread of gay [propaganda] among minors, President Vladimir Putin has also overseen a religious revival that aims to give the Orthodox Church, whose leader has suggested that homosexuality is one of the main threats to Russia, a more public role as a moral authority. The number of documented cases of violence against gays in Russia is low. But there are no official figures on anti-gay crime in Russia, and gay rights campaigners say the numbers available mask the true number of attacks on gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people. Most go unreported, or are not classified as such by the police. The poster reads: [My gender is my choice]. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)




Russian police detain gay rights activist Nikolay Alexeyev during a rally outside the mayor's office in Moscow May 25, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


Russian police detain gay rights activist Nikolay Alexeyev during a rally outside the mayor's office in Moscow May 25, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




A gay rights activist (C) scuffles with Orthodox Christian activists during a protest rally in Moscow, May 6, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


A gay rights activist (C) scuffles with Orthodox Christian activists during a protest rally in Moscow, May 6, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




Police detain Russian gay rights leader Nikolai Alexeyev after he arrived with a man dressed in a bridal gown at an unsanctioned gay rights protest in Moscow May 16, 2009. Dozens of riot police broke up a gay rights demonstration on Saturday ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest final, grabbing protesters and throwing them into police cars and a waiting bus. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)


Police detain Russian gay rights leader Nikolai Alexeyev after he arrived with a man dressed in a bridal gown at an unsanctioned gay rights protest in Moscow May 16, 2009. Dozens of riot police broke up a gay rights demonstration on Saturday ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest final, grabbing protesters and throwing them into police cars and a waiting bus. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




A policeman detains a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


A policeman detains a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




Policemen break up a fight between a gay rights activist and an anti-gay rights activist (in yellow) during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


Policemen break up a fight between a gay rights activist and an anti-gay rights activist (in yellow) during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




A man (R), protesting against a gay pride parade, attacks a gay rights activist near the headquarters of Moscow city Duma in central Moscow May 27, 2012. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


A man (R), protesting against a gay pride parade, attacks a gay rights activist near the headquarters of Moscow city Duma in central Moscow May 27, 2012. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




Gay rights activists kiss during a protest outside the Duma, Russia's lower house of Parliament, in Moscow, June 11, 2013, on the day MPs vote to establish fines and even jail time for people who promote homosexual propaganda to minors. (Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP Photo)


Gay rights activists kiss during a protest outside the Duma, Russia's lower house of Parliament, in Moscow, June 11, 2013, on the day MPs vote to establish fines and even jail time for people who promote homosexual propaganda to minors. (Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP Photo)




A man attacks a gay rights activist during a gay pride parade, which was unsanctioned by the city authorities, in St. Petersburg June 25, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)


A man attacks a gay rights activist during a gay pride parade, which was unsanctioned by the city authorities, in St. Petersburg June 25, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)




A gay rights activist holds a banner during a rally to mark international day against homophobia in St. Petersburg May 17, 2013. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)


A gay rights activist holds a banner during a rally to mark international day against homophobia in St. Petersburg May 17, 2013. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)




A radical Orthodox believer (R) throws an egg at gay rights activists during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists involved in a [kissing protest] on Tuesday outside parliament where lawmakers were preparing to pass a bill banning homosexual [propaganda]. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


A radical Orthodox believer (R) throws an egg at gay rights activists during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists involved in a [kissing protest] on Tuesday outside parliament where lawmakers were preparing to pass a bill banning homosexual [propaganda]. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




People attack a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


People attack a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




A radical Orthodox believer (C) crushes an egg on a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists involved in a [kissing protest] on Tuesday outside parliament where lawmakers were preparing to pass a bill banning homosexual [propaganda]. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


A radical Orthodox believer (C) crushes an egg on a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists involved in a [kissing protest] on Tuesday outside parliament where lawmakers were preparing to pass a bill banning homosexual [propaganda]. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




Youths kick a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


Youths kick a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




Youths kick a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


Youths kick a gay rights activist during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




A gay rights activist is hit by an egg during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. Activists say the bill, backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin's allies in parliament, would prohibit all gay-rights rallies and fear it is fuelling violence against gays. Russian authorities say two recent murders were motivated by homophobia. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


A gay rights activist is hit by an egg during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. Activists say the bill, backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin's allies in parliament, would prohibit all gay-rights rallies and fear it is fuelling violence against gays. Russian authorities say two recent murders were motivated by homophobia. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)




A gay rights activist is comforted by a supporter after being attacked during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


A gay rights activist is comforted by a supporter after being attacked during a protest against a proposed new law termed by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, as [against advocating the rejection of traditional family values] in central Moscow June 11, 2013. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


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