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Gay Russian Protester Detained For Unfurling Rainbow Flag At Olympic Relay

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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 1, 2013, file photo, gay rights activists carry rainbow flags as they march during a May Day rally in St. Petersburg, Russia. With the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi set to start in February, Russia has trotted out well-groomed representatives to tell the West that a law passed this summer banning homosexual ?propaganda? does not discriminate against gays. Meanwhile, the Russian government has doubled down on the anti-LGBT rhetoric at home, unifying its fraying elect | ASSOCIATED PRESS

MOSCOW (AP) — A gay Russian protester has been detained for unfurling a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through his hometown of Voronezh, 560 miles (910 kilometers) north of Sochi, where the games will begin Feb. 7.

Photos uploaded by his friends show Pavel Lebedev pulling out the flag and then being detained by security employees, who wrestle him to the snow as they wait for police to arrive. Lebedev, who reached by The Associated Press by phone, said he was still in the police station and undergoing questioning.

Lebedev said he was protesting the hosting of the Olympics in Russia, where a bill banning homosexual propaganda was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin in June.

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