Skip to main content

Russian Cops, Olympic Officials Detain Teen for Waving LGBT Flag (Video)

The Winter Olympics torch relay went through Voronezh, Russia on Saturday where it was met by a teenager who unfurled a LGBT rainbow flag.

LGBT activists filmed Pavel Lebedev waving his flag and subsequently being detained by Olympic officials until Russian police arrived (video below).

“Hosting the games here contradicts the basic principles of the Olympics, which is to cultivate tolerance,” Lebedev, who is being held for police questioning, told the Associated Press.

In Russia, it's against the law to publicly support gay rights, which is classified as "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations."

Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to play down Russia's persecution of gay rights last Friday, but ended up comparing homosexuals to child molesters, reported the Associated Press.

“We have no ban on nontraditional sexual relations," stated Putin. "We have a ban on propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia. I want to underline that, on propaganda among minors."

“We aren’t rounding up anyone, we have no criminal punishment for such relations unlike many other countries," added Putin. "One can feel relaxed and at ease, but please leave the children in peace.”

According to CBS News, Putin said on Sunday that Russia needs to "cleanse" itself of homosexuality if the country wants to increase its birth rate.

ABC News has tried to help Putin's image by publishing a fluff story on how the former KGB agent stays in shape.

Sources: Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News


Popular Video