Peter Tatchell has been permitted to leave Russia after he was arrested for a protest at the World Cup.
Tatchell was arrested in Moscow on Thursday (June 14) after staging a protest about homophobic crackdowns in Russia. The veteran campaigner was released on bail the same day, with a court appearance scheduled for June 26. Luckily for Portsmouth Festivities he has now landed in England and is due in Portsmouth on Wednesday, as he will be spending the afternoon with students at the Portsmouth Grammar School and then giving an almost sold out talk on the issue of free speech in the David Russell Theatre later that evening!
We are sure that his experiences with the Russian authorities will be high on the agenda for his talk on free speech, and whether safe space and no-platform policies are sensible safeguards or autocratic censorship?
To find out just what he does say … book your tickets for the Portsmouth Festivities evening of debate and free speech.
(Tickets will be available on the door, don't miss out)