Tatchell flies out of Russia after gay rights protest arrest

A gay rights campaigner arrested after a one-man protest in Russia has left the country ahead of a court appearance.

Peter Tatchell was detained for more than an hour after staging the impromptu demonstration near the Kremlin on Thursday.

He held a poster attacking Russian President Vladimir Putin, which read: "Putin fails to act against Chechnya torture of gay people."

He was released on bail and told to appear in court on June 26 to face action for breaching a law around unsanctioned protests of any scale put in place for the World Cup.

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But he was told he could leave the country and on Monday posted an image on Twitter of him on a plane extending two fingers in a peace gesture.

Mr Tatchell said: "Job done. Goodbye Moscow.

"No problem at immigration despite my scheduled court appearance on 26 June.

"It was such a honour to support the heroic Russian LGBT+ activists."

Mr Tatchell, who has experienced problems in Russia in the past, managed to get into the country using a Fan ID he was issued with after buying a ticket.