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A handful of demonstrators took to the streets in two small gay-pride rallies in Moscow on Saturday, but turnout was poor, even compared to last year. Moscow has not allowed a gay-pride parade for nine consecutive years. At least six participants were detained by police. The authorities had already banned one march scheduled for Tuesday, which was meant to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Russia. But activists vowed to press ahead with demonstrations Saturday, The Moscow Times reported. Even though homosexuality has been legal in Russia for more than two decades, President Vladmir Putin signed a law last year banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual practices.”

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