Russian police have arrested 17 people in central Moscow after they gathered to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
Around 50 people had gathered on a square outside of Moscow theatre when crowd control police drove up a bus and started to pile people inside.
A similar protest in St Petersburg went by undisturbed as people waved rainbow flags and let loose balloons in a variety of colours while police looked on.
In 2013 a law was passed to ban, “gay propaganda” in Russia.
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