Last October 2,000 Swedes gathered in the Olympic Stadium of Stockholm to sing the Russian national anthem in a statement of solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Russians. They filmed the and called it "Live and Let Love," and now the final video of the event is now here, just in time for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Organizers of the event said, "For many Russians the song has been a symbol of oppression. However, the lyrics of the song were changed in year 2000 and in 2009 a poll showed that 56 percent of respondents felt proud when hearing the anthem, and that 81 percent liked it. Still, there are many people in Russia who are not able to sing the song with pride, among them many millions of LGBT people. It is their anthem too, but the state is criminalizing their lives."View More From The News Room ArticlesView More Videos We Love Articles