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Protesting gay-rights activists arrested in Russia

ASSOCIATED PRESS

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russian police on Friday arrested several gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg and Moscow on the opening day of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

In Moscow, police quickly detained 10 gay rights activists who waved rainbow flags Friday on Red Square, according to Russian news reports. Moscow police refused to comment.

In St. Petersburg, four activists were detained Friday after unfurling a banner quoting the Olympic Charter's ban on any form of discrimination. The protesters, who gathered on St. Petersburg's Vasilyevsky Island, were quickly rounded up by police, according to Natalia Tsymbalova, a local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activist.

Police there also refused any immediate comment.

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