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Swedes protest Russian anti-gay law

Published torsdag 1 augusti 2013 kl 10.27
Two women protest outside the Russian embassy Stockholm

Participants in Stockholm's ongoing Pride Festival turned their attention Thursday to the discrimination of homosexuals in Russia.

A protest attracting several hundred people was held outside the Russian embassy. Earlier in the day, two members of the feminist group Femen entered the grounds of the embassy to protest against new laws in Russia which activists say discriminate against homosexuals.

The law, signed recently by Russian president Vladimir Putin, bans "homosexual propaganda." On Monday, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt described the law as "repulsive and "inhuman" in a post on his Twitter feed.

The law criminalizes "propaganda" directed to minors concerning "non-traditional" sexual relations.

Some 150 to 200 people took part in the protests outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm in connection with the Stockholm Pride festival.

In his opening speech to the festival, artist and activist Alexander Bard of Army of Lovers fame called for a boycott of Russian goods. Bard also wants Sweden to withdraw from the winter Olympics in Sotji in 2014.

In protest against Russia's new law, several gay clubs in Stockholm have decided take Russian vodka down from the bar shelves. The vodka boycott is an international campaign with bars around the world refusing to sell Russian vodka brands.

According to new agency TT, organizers of today's protest told the police that the two Femen activists were not connected to the demonstration.

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