Home of Russian Gay Activist Raided


Moscow, Russia - Russian prosecutors raided a Moscow apartment of the country's leading gay activist Tuesday. Nikolai Alexyev's apartment was raided in connection to a complaint made by Russian Prime Minister Elena Mizulina. Mizulina is a champion of Russia's controversial gay "propaganda" law and complained that she had been abused on Twitter by several people, including Alexeyev. According to Alexeyev, investigators came to his apartment, where he lives with his mother, around 7 o'clock in the morning. He said he initially tried to barricade the door to prevent them from entering. Once they gained entry, investigators performed a search and took "certain electronic equipment." Alexeyev noted that law prohibits him from saying exactly what had been confiscated.

Earlier this month, he said he and fellow activists would hold a gay pride event on the opening day of the Sochi Olympic games next February. Last week President Vladimir Putin signed a decree which banned public gatherings "not connected" to the Olympic games.

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