World Cup activists stage 'hidden' rainbow flag protest around Moscow to champion gay rights
Activists from several countries have strolled around Red Square and elsewhere in Moscow during the World Cup wearing their national teams' football jerseys to form a rainbow flag in an effort to champion gay rights.
The activists from Spain, Holland, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, whose soccer jerseys make the colours of the rainbow, said they had released images of their performance after they had left Russia to ensure their safety.
Russia, which is hosting the football World Cup, prohibits what it describes as the promotion of homosexuality to minors, legislation that has been used to stop gay pride marches and detain gay rights activists.
On the first day of the World Cup, police briefly detained a British gay rights campaigner near the Kremlin when he called attention to what he described as Russia's mistreatment of LGBTQI people.