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Italian transgender ex-MP well after Russian arrest

Hints at 'protest' during hockey semifinals

17 February, 14:01
Italian transgender ex-MP well after Russian arrest (see related) (ANSA) - Sochi, February 17 - Italian transgender ex-MP Vladimir Luxuria on Monday told ANSA she was well after being held by Russian police over the weekend for bearing a pro-gay banner during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. "Yesterday the police stopped me and took me to the barracks for examination. Then they asked me to not show writings linked to gay propaganda," said Luxuria, adding that no charges had been filed against her.

The former MP's banner read "It's OK to be gay" in Russian.

She told ANSA she plans to attend women's Olympic hockey semifinals Monday between Canada and Switzerland, and suggested she will demonstrate in some way, while stressing she was unsure if it would step over the boundaries of the law against gay propaganda in the presence of minors.

"In any case, I will not go unnoticed," Luxuria said. Luxuria added that she was in good condition, staying in a hotel in Sochi.