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Man in Russia arrested for wearing a kilt during St Patrick's Day celebrations

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Arrest: The man was allegedly detained for wearing a kilt
Arrest: The man was allegedly detained for wearing a kilt

A man was allegedly arrested at the weekend in Russia for wearing a kilt.

According to the Scotsman the individual was detained by police in Moscow, near the Tsoi Wall at the junction of Arbat Street and Krivoarbatsky Lane in the Russian capital. 

The publication says a group of young people had gathered to celebrate St Patrick’s Day weekend, with a bystander telling tvrain.ru that police arrested the man for ‘wearing a skirt in public’.

The man was taken to the Arbat district Department of Internal Affairs following his arrest on Saturday, the Scotsman said. 

Russia has vowed to clamp down on what the Kremlin calls 'non-traditional' relationships. The country passed legislation, which President Putin signed, that bans the "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors."

The law is aimed at limiting the rights of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Last year, Russia banned transgender, fetishists, voyeurs, exhibitionists and transvestites people and others who were determined to have “sexual disorders” from driving.

A number of events celebrating St Patrick's Day were said to be taking place over the weekend in Moscow.