In most Russian cities Rainbow flashmobs went quite well, and in St. Petersburg more then 150 people visited the event. However, during or because of the flashmobs the police detained activists from Moscow, Murmansk, Perm and Vladimir.
Last weekend various events devoted to the International day against homophobia and transphobia took place in 16 Russian cities. In most cities the events passed without serious challenges. Many organizers preferred not to announce widely precise time and place of demos because of the threats from homophobs. Nevertheless, the law enforcement agencies became interested in the Rainbow flashmobs.
The organizer of Rainbow flashmob in Murmansk, Violetta Grudina, was detained before the event actually started: she was accused of “propaganda of homosexuality”. The police stated that by publishing information about LGBT events in the social network (vkontakte) she “committed propaganda of homosexuality among minors”.
On May 17 in Perm were also detained several members of the group LGBT-Perm. An activist of another LGBT group (Raduzhniy mir), Julia Babintseva, who wasn’t detained on May 17th, is not charged with anything yet. However, she got a call from the police. Moreover, representatives of the police visited her parents. All this situation strangely resembles the situation in Samara, where after the Day of Silence LGBT activists started to get calls and then charges.
Russian LGBT-Network provides legal support to Violetta Grudina and Julia Babintseva. The Chairman of the Networks Igor Kochetkov states that “Solidarity was one of the main messages of the May 17th this year and we are ready to support everyone who suffers beccase of the unlawful actions of the police”.