LGBT centre raided in Russia and volunteers detained inside

An LGBT+ centre in Russia has been raided for reportedly conflating rules on gay propaganda.

Officers arrived at Rakurs, a community centre based in Arkhangelsk, on March 28 and demanded to inspect the premises, Gay Star News reports.

They then carried out a search of the centre, withdrawing materials and preventing volunteers, lawyers and five visitors from leaving the publication states.

METRO GRAB NO PERMISSION Russian police raid LGBTI centre and arrest everyone inside

Police carried out a search of the centre

It is thought the inspection was sparked after an alleged complaint against the centre.

The organisation could now be banned for conflating rules on gay propaganda, Gay Star News indicates.

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Russian president Vladimir Putin passed the law, which bans information promoting the denial of traditional family values and propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations, in 2013.

The governments stated purpose for the law is to protect children from being exposed homosexuality being presented as a norm in society.



Activists in the country say its introduction has led to an increase of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic attacks.

People wave gay rights' movement rainbow flags during the gay pride rally in Saint Petersburg, on Agust 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

The organisation could now be banned for conflating rules on gay propaganda (Picture: AFP)

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