Sochi Olympics to Celebrate Stalin Era, Russian Police Arrest Gay Rights Protesters (Video)

| by Michael Allen

While the Russian government tries to convince the world that it is not oppressive as part of its promotion for the Olympics in Sochi, Russian police rounded up gay rights demonstrators in Moscow's Red Square last night.

According to, the protesters (Russian and Swedish) were arrested for waving the rainbow LGBT flag while singing Russia's national anthem (video below).

Meanwhile, in Sochi, the Olympic Games' opening ceremony will include a tribute to Russia's industrial revolution, which took place under the rule of Joseph Stalin and cost an estimated 20 million lives, notes the International Business Times.

While there was no planned tribute to Stalin himself, there was no mention of the atrocities committed by his regime or the millions of victims.

Sources: and International Business Times