Obama to meet Russian gay activists

  • President Obama is planning on meeting with Russian gay rights activists and it has been confirmed that activists Lev Ponomarev, Lyudmila Alexeyeva as well as the director of an NGO are among those invited to a meeting with the president on Thursday.

    It hasn't been confirmed if the group Golos that was forced by the Russian justice ministry to shut down on grounds of being a "foreign agent" invited to the meeting or not.

    Its been noted that although such meetings with officials and members of the civil society are not unusual, this is the first time that LGBT activists have been invited.  

    The meeting is scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg.  

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