The foreign ministry in Russia made a formal complaint to the UK, US and Canadian embassies in Moscow for flying the rainbow LGBT Pride flag during Pride Month.
Russia’s infamous “gay propaganda” law bans any positive depiction of LGBT people. Anyone found guilty of sharing such information with minors can be sentenced to heavy fines or up to 15 years in prison.
The UK embassy in Moscow had received a protest note from the Russian foreign ministry for displaying the LGBT Pride flag, which it raised towards the end of June. The same happened to the Canadian empassy.
As well as defying Russian anti-LGBT leader Vladimir Putin, the American embassy also acted in defiance of Donald Trump, who at the beginning of June banned US embassies from flying the rainbow flag for the entirety of Pride Month.
Fortunately, not all countries think the same than Putin's Russia.