Russian LGBT activist fined for unauthorised pride parade

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A Russian LGBT activist has been handed a £235 fine for holding an unsanctioned pride march in Moscow.

Several gay rights activists were arrested by police after attempting to stage a gay pride rally in Moscow.

One of the activists attempted to unfurl a rainbow flag as they were arrested by police.

During the incident, around 30 counter-demonstrators threw eggs at those participating in the pride parade.

Nikolai Alexeyev was fined 20,000 rubles (£235) by the Tverskoi District Court for the parade. He was fined for holding the parade without the permission of authorities.

Mr Alexeyev was also handed down a 10-day jail sentence, alongside two other activists, reports continued.

Alexeyev also tweeted later that he was being taken to hospital by police.

Several counter-demonstrators were also detained by police.

Those arrested were loaded onto waiting vans.

Gay pride parades are often rejected by authorities in Russia, and LGBT people face persecution.

In 2013, President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law which federally bans the “promotion of non-traditional sexual relationships.”