Russian police, militant Orthodox Christians and neo-fascists have broken up Moscow’s first ever gay rights march. Homosexual groups, however, are claiming that their short-lived protest was a victory. Authorities in the city had banned the march, which they called an “outrage to society”, while religious leaders from all major faiths condemned it. The Interfax News Agency reported that police had detained around 100 people after the clashes. Organisers of the parade called on supporters from all across Europe to take part in the march. Homosexuality was only decriminalised in Russia in 1993.
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