…you’d never know from today’s events though:
Between 20 and 40 activists have been arrested at Slavic Pride in Moscow by anti-riot police, early reports indicate.
According to a statement released by Pride organiser Nikolai Alekseev, violence was used to break up the peaceful march, which had been banned by Moscow authorities.
It was held to coincide with the Eurovision final which will be hosted by the city tonight. Attempts to hold a Pride march in previous years have been met with violence.
Among those arrested were British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, and Chicago campaigner Andy Thayer.