Editor’s Note: Gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell gave the opening keynote speech at the Moscow Pride conference on 26 May 2007. Around 20 lesbian and gay campaigners were arrested. Many were abused, threatened and assaulted. Peter Tatchell was one of more than a dozen Gay Pride participants who were beaten by gangs of neo-Nazis, nationalist extremists and Russian Orthodox fundamentalists, with the apparent collusion of the Moscow police and Russia’s elite anti-riot squad, the OMON. For information about Peter Tatchell’s campaigns: http://www.petertatchell.net.
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