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Russian arts website hits back at anti-gay law

Kitsch images of gay couples kissing in front of St Petersburg's tourist attractions challenge the city's 'homosexual propaganda' law
Peter the Great momument in St Petersburg, one of the sights the postcards with gay couples features

A Russian arts website has responded to the anti-gay 'propaganda' law in St Petersburg by publishing kitsch postcard images of same-sex couples kissing in front of the city's most picturesque buildings and monuments.

The postcards, republished by the Guardian on Friday, were published by arts and culture website colta.ru.

Colta.ru deputy editor Mikhail Ratgauz told the Guardian that they have not been contacted by the police about the pictures, which violate St Petersburg's 'homosexual propaganda' law, passed last March, that criminalizes any public discussion of LGBT issues.

Last week the politician who created the law, Vitaly Milonov, said he was taking legal action against Lady Gaga for speaking out in support of LGBT rights at her concert in the city.

Ratgauz also told the Guardian that Colta will soon publish the pictures in print.

View the postcards on the Guardian website here.  

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