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Russian Police Arrest British LGBT Protester as World Cup Opens

HeadlineJun 15, 2018
H9 lgbt activist arrested moscow world cup

The quadrennial World Cup kicked off in Moscow Thursday, with home team Russia defeating Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the soccer tournament. Russian President Vladimir Putin watched the match in a VIP booth with the Saudi crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, whose military is currently waging a U.S.-backed assault on Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah. As the World Cup got underway, police led veteran British LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell away in handcuffs, after he held a sign outside the Kremlin reading, “Putin Fails to Act Against Chechnya Torture of Gay People.” Human rights groups say authorities in the Russian-controlled Republic of Chechnya rounded up more than 100 gay men in Grozny last year, detained them without charges and tortured them in what many have called a “gay pogrom.”

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