Two flash mob LGBT actions went off today in Moscow. 15-20 people participated in "Equality parade" on Arbat today morning - against gender identity discrimination and for equal rights for LGBT people. According to Russian mass media sources this action lasted for 15 minutes until the local police guards arrived. None of the participants were detained.
Later in the afternoon around 30 gay members marched in the 5th Moscow Gay Pride. Actually, "Komsomolka" reports (automatic translation >>), the action did not take place in previously arranged place in front of the EU office on Kadashevskaya embankment. After waiting for two hours mass media was informed via telephone that the Pride had already taken place near "Belorusskaya" metro station.
Other journalists were luckier. Deutsche Welle reports (automatic translation >>) that 4 hours of waiting and cruising across Moscow ended with an action that lasted only for "a couple of minutes". LGBT people with banners and Rainbow flags walked (some say 100, others 800 meters) along Leningradskoye shosse. No one was detained... Pride’s organizers reported by "KP" as saying that "It was a feint...".
"Interfax" reports, Moscow City Police Headquarters confirm they were "closely following the situation on holding of a number of unauthorized LGBT flash mob actions" and stress that "none of the actions’ participants were detained by the police".
Mass media correspondents and LGBT flash mob actions’ participants share their opinions on the Gay Pride event in Live journal (all automatically translated): Оttenki-serogo, Zyalt, Ossetian-war, Mnalex2002, Oem-journal.
Video report on "Equality parade" on "Russia 2" TV channel (in Russian).
Translated by Yerdna Bananes (Thanks!)