I was going to continue my new weekly Russia Roundup of Humor tradition, but the biggest piece of Russian news isn’t really funny. So I’m posting on a Monday to differentiate from Friday’s theme:
UPDATE (5/19): Check out these highly inflammatory remarks from the Moscow mayor’s press secretary.
This past Saturday, Moscow police violently broke up a gay rights parade that was set to coincide with the Eurovision finale. See video footage and a full roundup here. My favorite blog has a ton of photos of the arrests, and they highlight the irony that the Cyrillic lettering on the police uniform reads backwards as ‘Homo’ in English…
As many as 40 people were arrested, though most seem to have been released already. One of the charges for arrest was for “walking with a transvestite” (you can see the transvestite in these photos). Mayor Luzhkov has repeatedly referred to these gay activists as “satanists” and allowed a simultaneous anti-gay protest to go on uninterrupted on that same day.