When religion and the state get in bed with one another, to consolidate power by boggling the stupid, this is the outcome.
Do these people in the Kremlin realise that we are in the 21st century?
I really feel for the LGBT citizens of that country
Fascism is alive and well in the Russian Federation.
Aided and abetted by the church, nothing new there. The CoE isn’t untarnished by any of it either and definitely the roman cult.
So you treat the LGBTQI community like criminals by spread ‘religious propaganda’!
Nothing new but still vile!
As Russia is a signatory of the European Court of Human Rights, why are they still allowed to be signatories in light of this proposed puerile legislation? Indeed, why isn’t the ECHR saying anything about it?
Because it’s a court. It can’t do anything until someone sues.
When I lived in Moscow and the ban didn’t exist there, but it did in St Petersburg, the network that runs Family Guy, American Dad, The Simpsons etc. did a themed weekend with gay themes, advertising it (as a joke) as unsuitable for viewers in St Petersburg. If they are serious about this ban, they’re going to have to scrap a lot of American TV shows they enjoy.
Not so far removed from what the religious nutters in the UK would like to see happen here with support from the bigots in the Tory party and some from Labour no doubt. The Anglican cult would be the last to condemn it of course, ditto the Daily Mail and Telegraph.
“We either become a tolerant Western state where everything is allowed – and lose our Christianity and moral foundations – or we will be a Christian people who live in our God-protected land in purity and godliness,” …Such a lovely picture of Christianity…I wonder when the pope will be having letters condemning such a view read out from the pulpits around the world?…..London is twinned with Moscow, Manchester with St Petersburg…It doesn’t seem appropriate that two of our most gay-friendly cities should have such connections with two of the most homophobic…
What do Russia and part of Africa have in common? Christianity. Organised religion is the biggest threat to LGBT people. All of the counties that are the most tolerant of LGBT people have been the most secular or at least have seen their church attendance levels drop.
Once again an iron curtain is going up, around the world, to keep people from freedom. But this time it is being built by alliances of Christians and fascists.
The bare-knuckle face of Russian Orthodoxy once again joins with the might of the Russian state to persecute and destroy the lives of Russians- not the Jews this time, but otherwise peace-loving, law-abiding LGBTs. What a cursed church!
People just have to realise that socially, Russia is about 40 years behind us. Remember Section 28 – which wasn’t repealed until 10 years ago. Ergo, in 30 years time, Russia will come to their senses…..hopefully.
It seems inconceivable a country which after the end of the cold war appeared to open up to freedom, liberality, progress and prosperity. Now chooses instead to oppress minorities, by silencing those advocates of equality within Russian society.
This regime is becoming very Czarist by legislating, intimidating and systematically suppressing people with fears of punishments and penalty’s. To persecute people and silence their voices.
When a minority in any society no longer has the civil liberty to freely speak out to protect rights from loss is not tolerated because it will be deemed propaganda, how can you speak publicly of this injustice in in peoples defense without being persecuted?. To even try to moderate by being a voice of reason advocating fair and equal justice will be seen as a voice of propaganda. That is not just a crime against Russian LGBT people, it is a crime against humanity.
Russia has never known freedom. They went from being a nation of serfs ruled by the Czar, to a nation of serfs ruled by the politburo, to a nation of serfs ruled by Vladimir Putin. The brief period after Communism was only good for crime lords and robber barons.
No wonder the other ex-Soviet countries couldn’t get away quick enough.
I travel a lot for work and an attitude like this would make me uncomfortable about traveling to Russia
Just like being back in Thatcher’s Britain!