06/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Moscow Gay Rights Protest: 40 Demonstrators Arrested

MOSCOW - Russian police arrested about 40 people at a gay rights protest Saturday just hours before the Eurovision Song Contest final was to start in Moscow.

Protest organisers called for musicians to show solidarity by boycotting the contest, which Russia is hosting for the first time this year.

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