Russian police arrested more than 30 people, mostly women, who organized individual protests in central Moscow on Saturday over charges of distributing pornography against a prominent LGBT activist, a group said on Saturday. monitoring.
An activist was also arrested in St. Petersburg, OVD-Info, said the monitoring group.
Earlier this month, Russian Far East police charged LGBT activist and feminist Julia Tsvetkova with disseminating pornography through her photos, she said on her Facebook page.
If convicted, Tsvetkova faces up to six years in prison.
One of the people detained in Moscow was holding a sign saying: “Today they are sending to prison for photos, tomorrow they will be sent to prison for letters? Freedom for Julia Tsvetkova!”
Individual demonstrations are generally legal in Russia. However, there have been numerous cases of the detention of demonstrators.
Police refused to comment on the detentions on Saturday.
Western governments and human rights activists have criticized the Russian authorities for their treatment of LGBT people.
A vote on the proposed changes to the Russian constitution is underway. Among the many amendments proposed by President Vladimir Putin is an article defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
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