Gay rights campaigners kiss each other during a protest outside of State Duma, Russian Parliament
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'Gay propaganda' ban backed by Russian Duma

The Russian parliament has backed a ban on the promotion of homosexuality among children in its first reading, amid scuffles on the street outside.

Police made arrests outside the State Duma in Moscow after gay rights supporters planning a "kiss-in" were assaulted by opponents.

The bill echoes laws passed by Russian cities such as St Petersburg.

Steve Rosenberg reports.

  • 25 Jan 2013
  • From the section Europe