Published on March 18, 2014 | by Emma Saunders

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Swan Ballet Dancers Protest Outside Russian Embassy in London

Ballet dancers and Amnesty International activists have protested outside the Russian Embassy in London; demanding President Putin ends the crackdown on freedom of expression and gay rights in Russia.

The dancers performed a scene from the famous Russian ballet Swan Lake. This piece of music was written by one of Russia’s most well renowned composers – Tchaikovsky – who was gay.

Following the performance, representatives from Amnesty UK then handed in a petition of over 10,000 signatures from the British public demanding an end to Putin’s current political regime. Protesters are outraged by Putin and his government not adhering to the agreement they signed outlining the Olympic principles when they were confirmed as the next hosts of the winter Olympics. These principles are centered around non-discrimination, equality, inclusion, respect and mutual understanding – all factors which are contradicted by laws Putin’s government have bought in since signing the agreement.

Also today in Moscow, a global 200,000 signature-strong petition will be handed over to President Putin’s office by Amnesty International UK’s director Kate Allen. It also demands the repeal of repressive laws hindering gay rights and freedom of expression.

Any representative from the Russian Embassy or President Putin are yet to comment.

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