The third-annual Russia Day on the New York Stock Exchange Monday was disrupted by L.G.B.T. activists protesting Russia’s anti-gay propaganda legislation. The controversial legislation, enacted last summer, prohibits the “promotion of non-traditional lifestyles to minors.”
For the past two years, the NY.S.E. has hosted Russia Day, an opportunity to highlight investment opportunities in Russia that has traditionally involved a Russian delegation ringing the closing bell. This year the event went on as scheduled, although the offer to ring the closing bell was withdrawn.
Additionally, a Russian investment conference, Russia Forum New York 2013, was forced to change venues after the original host organization withdrew the availability of its facilities at the request of L.G.B.T. groups. The conference went on at a different venue.
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