Gay and lesbian activists are celebrating a success of sorts after holding their first ever peaceful protest in the Russian capital.
In previous years the gay pride march has ended in violence as riot police, nationalists and ultra-Orthodox believers have sought to break up the demonstration.
British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell says organisers had to lure police to different locations to avoid persecution.
“Today it’s like the Soviet era in Russia. Those who seek to hold a peaceful protest are being hunted by the police and the FSB security like we were some kind of criminals or terrorists. We are not. We are peaceful gay human rights campaigners,” he said.
After a five-hour game of cat and mouse police did finally arrive. But the demonstrators managed to escape.
First peaceful protest for Russian gay pride