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Mayor Ken defends rights of Russian gays

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  1. This unjustified slur by Ken Livingstone [noted for his obnoxious baiting of a Jewish journalist] detracts greatly from what might otherwise have been viewed as a welcome message of support against the loudmouthed Luzhkov: though Livingstone said nothing in his press release about the homophobia of his guest at City Hall.If Peter Tatchell had singled out the Mad Mufti, this would have been understandable, given the Mufti’s reputation. — Moscow pride ends with violence, injuries, arrests — 29/05/2006 Activists also put blame for the violence on Talgat Tadzhuddin, chief mufti of the Russian Muslim Central Directorate. In February, he said: “Under no circumstances should something like this [parade] be permitted. And if they come out into the streets anyway, they should only be beaten up. Any normal person would do that — Muslims and Orthodox Christians alike.”Perhaps Livingstone still feels galled that he was condemned by many in the LGBT community for his previous invitation to the homophobic Yusuf al-Qaradawi: a condemnation to which straight mainstream commentators have since added their voices.