Rainbow flag on display during Putin’s World Cup speech

Rainbow flag on display during Putin’s World Cup speech

Rainbow flag on display during Putin’s World Cup speech

He added that he was pleased to stand in solidarity with members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Russia and Chechnya, a Russian republic.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 kicked off in Moscow, Russia on Thursday as the hosts demolished Saudi Arabia 5-0 in front of a vociferous home crowd.

"Putin fails to act against Chechnya torture of gay people".

Having reportedly been charged under Federal Law 54 and Presidential Decree 202, which prohibit all protests near the Kremlin and during the World Cup, Peter Tatchell has been bailed and is due to appear in court on 26 June.

Russian officers informed Mr Tatchell that he had conducted an "illegal protest" and he was put in a police auto and driven for questioning, where he was charged with violating laws which prohibit all protests near the Kremlin and during World Cup.

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Russian police quickly shut the protest down, with one officer telling Tatchell to stop what he was doing.

"During the World Cup it is forbidden to hold any action like this against Putin, against all these things", the policeman said. Tatchell told the policeman he wanted to meet Putin to discuss gay rights in Russian Federation. He stood outside the Kremlin on the opening day of the worldwide soccer tournament with a sign denouncing Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and was promptly led away by authorities into a police vehicle, reports The New York Times.

"It is incredible because I've been to Russian Federation five times previously, I've twice been arrested and once beaten nearly unconscious by neo-Nazis in apparent collusion with the Moscow police".

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"Senior officers were stern but the apprehending officer very helpful, friendly and polite".

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov denies claims that gay men are killed in his country, claiming that no gay men even exist there.

"Consular staff have spoken to Mr Tatchell and have confirmed that he has been released".

English activist and politician Peter Tatchell being arrested by Russian police during the World Cup.

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