Russian Activists: Anti-Gay Violence On The Rise06:14
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Riot police guard gay rights activists who were beaten by anti-gay protesters during an authorized gay rights rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 29, 2013. (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP)
Riot police guard gay rights activists who were beaten by anti-gay protesters during an authorized gay rights rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 29, 2013. (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP)

In Russia, gay rights groups say that a new law restricting the spread of information about homosexuality has sparked a wave of violence against the gay and lesbian community.

The Russian authorities deny persecuting sexual minorities. They say the law is designed to protect children from what they say is harmful information.

The issue has some calling for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

The BBC's Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports.

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  • Steve Rosenberg, Moscow correspondent for BBC News. He tweets @BBCSteveR.

This segment aired on September 2, 2013.

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