I’m from Edinburgh originally and would be very proud of the City if it applies the pressure needed in St Petersburg. Thankfully George Grubb (the Lord Provost) has a forward thinking view (http://www.guardian.co.uk/edinburgh/2011/may/23/edinburgh-church-scotland-gay-ministers) so hopefully some action will be taken.
I actually feel so strongly about this I called his office and have left a voicemail urging him to follow this through (+ 44 131 529 4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Maybe do the same?
I’m not from Scotland, but I would think that Edinburgh should terminate the twinning arrangement if this law passes. It is shameful to associate oneself with a city that can adopt such monstrous legiaslation.
Like that’s *really* going to make any difference.
Many cities and towns are already terminating their twinning agreements simply because they’re out-dated and irrelevant.
It won’t make one iota of difference to the Russians considering how dismissive they were about the HUGE international outcry there was about this in November.
With a dozen twin cities, the bill for umpteen dignitaries visiting them all must be absolutely horrific !
Having one fewer by dropping St. Petersburg is a no-brainer.
Yes, Edinburgh should ditch St. Petersburg as a twin city if that shameful law is passed but I cannot see how the capital of Scotland can have a say in Russian affairs, regardless of whether legislation passed in Russia is right or wrong. The only thing we can be thankful for is that Russia hasn’t (yet) reverted to the days of Stalin who recriminalised homosexuality in 1934 after Lenin legalized it following the 1917 Revolution.
I would rather suggest that Edinburgh keeps the contact with St.Petersburg and sends there many official delegations with prominent lgbti people and invites Russian gays AND politicians to participate in Edinburgh Pride (is there such?).