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'Side by Side Festival' in Russia partly cancelled due to threats

June 08, 2012

Yesterday, on the second day of the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival in Novosibirsk organizers and audience came under serious threat from a homophobic mob of aggressive youths. The organizers decided to  cancel the rest of the festival. Organizers of the festival complained multiple times to the police, who were in force but outside the building overseeing a picket in support of the homophobic law that has its second reading in the local Novosibirsk parliament, the same day. The Novosibirsk film festival is the second of three to take place this week in Siberia. The festival receives financial support from Movies that Matter International.

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