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Activist Ann Northrop is joined by demonstrators from Queer Nation, and others who oppose the Russian government’s continued attacks on human rights, including the rights of LGBT Russians, as she pours fake blood on an Olympic flag, marking the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games with a protest, outside the Consulate General of the Russian Federation, in New York, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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