I always got the feeling Dmitry Medvedev was a good guy.
I’m sure he tries his best with the material that he has.
He may be a decent guy.
But he’s limited to what the dictator Putin permits him to do.
They are good buddies though.
Lets make clear: Mr. Medvedev is against re-criminilisation of homosexuality, but not necessary against ‘gay propaganda’ law…
The gay propoganda law is vile.
But the fact is that nobody in Russia enjoys freedom of speech or freedom of assembly. The press is supposedly free yet journalists in Russia have an awkward habit of getting murdered. The so-called free elections in Russia are indeed free (only trouble is that the opposition are routinely jailed or barred from standing, prior to the election.)
Prime Minister Medvedev said that he didn’t think the issue of homosexuality in Russia concerned many people. Well, outside Russia we are very concerned about the issue of homosexuality in Russia.
Good to see someone rational in charge of Russian government
Gay rights in Russia are a disgrace – but is this statement not a chink of light?
None of this is helped by the fact that artists like Madonna still go, that other governments don’t speak out about it, and that the UN and other bodies think
it’s a non-issue. Well done Madonna for handing out bracelets, how about next time you make a public statement about why you and fellow performers are choosing to bocott the country instead? That would be a more valid political message rather than making a half hearted comment while cashing in.
Yes, I’m sure lawmakers would be broken-hearted if Madonna cancelled. I’m pretty sure she’d only be hurting her fans. I think it’s better to go into the beast and stir things up. She has brought this to the world’s attention for much longer than a one-off boycott would.
@Michael: Exactly, Michael. Tip toeing around does more damage than the beast that “stirs” things up. I would not be reading about this otherwise. We have our #wingnuts in the US & are beating them back as fast as we can. We support all efforts, worldwide, to do the same.
The louder and more visible an injustice, the better the chance of having change. #Rockon Madonna!
When you get this sort of intolerance it leads to a brain drain of the intelligentsia. Scientists, artists etc. Russia will suffer in the long run.
Notably it happened in pre-war Germany.
In Russia, a President is limited to two terms of office before he has to step down as in the USA but unlike the USA an ex-President can be re-elected as in the case of Vladmir Putin who had to relinquish his Presidency after his first two terms in office to Dmitry Medvedev who was effectively a ‘caretaker’ president while Putin called the shots as Prime Minister before he could be re-elected President. As a man with some experience of the Russian Presidency, Dmitry Medvedev is the obvious choice to become the next President and hopefully Vladmir Putin would stand aside permanently. Russia could do with a more progressive President like Medvedev.