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Two US activists detained at anti-fur demo in Moscow

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Summary of story from RFE/RL, October 20, 2011

Two US animal rights activists are facing trial after being detained at a Moscow protest where they planned to take off their clothes and distribute leaflets highlighting cruelty to animals bred for their skins or pelts.

Tracy Patton and Meggan Anderson of the international animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) had travelled to Moscow for the opening of Russian Fashion Week to protest against the use of leather and animal fur in the fashion industry.

The two women were unable to disrobe as planned as police intervened almost immediately.

They were later released from detention, but are to be tried for violating the law on mass gatherings, for which they face a possible fine.

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