St. Petersburg welcomes Neo-Nazis in May Day parade, while police arrest gay activists
Police at St. Petersburg's Labor Day parade arrested nearly 20 activists from Russia's LGBT community earlier today, according to the news agency FlashNord.
“The young people were arrested after they unfurled a rainbow flag on Nevsky Prospect,” said an eyewitness.
“Coming Out,” a gay rights group active in St. Petersburg for more than seven years, tweeted pictures of the unfurled pride flag and the LGBT activists being arrested:
Meanwhile, St. Petersburg's Legislative Assembly allowed the Neo-Nazi movement “Slavic Power Northwest” (an offshoot of another group that's been banned in Russia) to march in the city's Labor Day parade. The Neo-Nazis marched under the slogan “For the unity of Slavs and the White Race!”