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Russian State Duma gives final approval to law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’

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  1. 434-0?! They should move Russian to the Middle East, cause I don’t think it qualifies for a European country at all…

    1. Russia, not Russian. :|

    2. Christopher in Canada 12 Jun 2013, 2:35am

      Or south of the Mediterranean…

      1. RUSSIANS, yes, exactly! Because 80 percents of Russians support this law and wanna criminal penalty for gay and lesbians. Majority of Russians are deserving children of their country.

  2. Putin’s government has successfully used public opinion along with strong support by the Russian Orthodox Church, to put this law on the books. Eastern Orthodoxy is heavily implicated in directing hate-filled attacks against LGBTs in several countries where it is the principal religion (Georgia, Ukraine, Serbia, Greece). In Greece, there has been a recent round-up of LGBTs in Thessaloniki, ahead of Gay Pride, scheduled for June 14, and on the heels of Metropolitan Antimos description of Thessaloniki Pride as an “unholy and unnatural event”, urging its cancellation. Police (who are reported to be infiltrated by members of Golden Dawn) have been
    conducting arrests of LGBTs (particularly Transgendered) in Thessaloniki in advance of the parade and festival.
    http://www.towleroad.com/2013/06/police-conducting-purges-and-arrests-of-lgbt-people-in-greece.html

  3. Human beings are stupid.

  4. Beelzeebub 11 Jun 2013, 4:46pm

    Yet another country turning into a theocratic backward dump.

  5. Wonder how much BBC news coverage this story will get? Probably a lot less than the time devoted to the announcement of Putin’s divorce a couple of days ago.

  6. Time to suspend them from the Council of Europe, like Greece was under the colonels. They have now broken so many fundamental tenants of human rights, not just LGBT, although that is fundamental enough, that to be allowed a place in the Council and on the Court is a stain on European Human Rights.
    We should be campaigning for a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014 too.

    1. Auntie Babs 12 Jun 2013, 5:12pm

      I agree we should be turning our intention to the Winter Olympics, perhaps pointing out to the Olympic Committee that holding the event in homophobic Russia does not really send out vibes that they are trying to address the issue of homophobia in sport.

  7. At one time, I wanted to go to Russia.
    I can’t believe how foolish I once was.

  8. Georg Friedrich 11 Jun 2013, 5:31pm

    I think, Europe is powerless against this. Even Lithuania, an member of the EU, have such piece of law since 2010, just under different (changing under pressure from Brussels) name.

    1. I wonder if part of the problem is that the EU knows about this, but so long as it’s not blatant violation of policy… They don’t care enough about it to go to lengths.

  9. What a sad, time-warped, dictatorship-in-the-guise-of-a-democracy Russia has become. So much of what we hear from there reminds me of what we had to endure in Thatcher’s Britain. Oh well; respect for human rights never was a communist strong point …. no change here then.

  10. Boycott The Winter Olympics not just
    for LGBT people but for Circassians too.
    Republic of Adgye was Circassian land before Russian conquest which expelled nearly 3/4 of Circassians into Turkey,Bosnia and the Middle East.Sochi is a Circassian city.It seems like violating human rights is common to the Russian government,first Circassians,then Jews now LGBT people.How sad

    1. Excellent idea, Chris. And let’s not forget that the Russian Orthodox Church is just as anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim and racist as it is homophobic and transphobic. Putinism is no better than Stalinism in terms of human rights and civil liberties.

  11. Compared to Putin, Erdogan doesn’t seem so bad.

  12. Helge Vladimir Tiller 11 Jun 2013, 8:07pm

    In many ways I feel ashamed of sharing the first name with Vladimir Putin. My comfort must be that I’ve been open and honest about my sexuality since 1960. Putin !, I am proud of that. Whereas you should be ashamed, restricting humanity in your own country. I hate this decision in the Duma.

  13. Bravo Russia. Protect your families and children.

    1. MerlynHerne 13 Jun 2013, 7:08pm

      And how does this protect anyone, nimrod?

    2. -maybe they should protect them from you…

  14. Are there any Russian goods and services that we should therefore boycott as a result of this legislation? I realise that it’ll be difficult for EU countries given its petrochemical bounty and that oil pipeline, but still, something needs to be done.

    1. Indeed, Craig. I suggest that the first thing that could be done would be for a campaign to get the UK broadcast regulator OFCOM to rescind the broadcasting license for the Kremlin’s propaganda station “Russia Today/RT”, which transmits on digital platforms including Freeview. The station, like its predecessor Radio Moscow during the Cold War, is a one-sided, shrill mouthpiece for extremism, including anti-Jewish and homophobic conspiracy theories. OFCOM has already moved against Iran’s Press-TV channel in the UK. Now is the time for it to switch off another peddler of lies and deceit.

  15. PUTIN BASTARD !!

    I HOPE YOU WILL VETOED THIS ILLITERATE LAW !!!

    RUSSIANS BARBARIANS !!!!

  16. Unfortunately, Putin is the least of the problems. Russians dreamt of this law long time ago and even if it wasn’t adopted, it was fully in force. So besides the fact that homophia becomes official and approved by the law, don’t expect much of a change. This is what you get in a country ruled by the cult of force and vodka. Give Russia some 10–20 years to sober up.

    1. That There Other David 12 Jun 2013, 9:37am

      It will take far longer than that. Their national character hasn’t changed since the days of Tolstoy. The chances of it changing now are minuscule.

  17. That There Other David 12 Jun 2013, 9:35am

    Russia proves itself still 30 years behind the rest of the world. The fall of Communism hasn’t changed a thing. They’re still a nation with a master/peasant mentatlity.

  18. I’m from Russia and I will tell you that Russia is becoming a fascist country.

    1. That There Other David 13 Jun 2013, 9:57am

      It’s already happened Sergei. All the signs have been there for a while. Get your loved ones out as soon as you can.

    2. Why you are compering russian politics with fasiscts?

      Russian communism are much worse than italian fascisms. And always was.

      And russian politics are simply communists as always was.

  19. In the Soviet Union was:

    “In USSR there is no sex!”

    Today is:

    “In Russian Federation there is no (not traditional) sex!”

    It is a great progress for crazy communist countries )))

  20. How does anything pass 436-0 except in a totalitarian state?

  21. So according to this law, gay children are not allowed to talk about their lives, hopes and dreams with others. Their lives are now endangered as a result of the politicians and religious leaders in Russia. Accordingly said politicians and religious leaders should be deemed guilty of genocide against LGBTA children and punished accordingly. Also, any treaties with Russia should now be considered null and void by the global LGBTA community with respects to Russia, along with any diplomatic immunity whatsoever.

  22. homoodeviance causes moral decay 14 Jun 2013, 1:02pm

    The people have spoken out for morals. Hopefully the deviants willl abide by the law of the land just as they expect B&B owners to do over here.

    1. bobbleobble 15 Jun 2013, 10:31am

      If morality includes prejudice and hatred then yes the Russian people have spoken out for morality.

      You have a very odd idea of morality.

    2. What?
      At 436-0?

      Your head on straight, mate?

      Keith
      SALFORD

    3. I doubt if you or that corrupt government that rigged elections know anything about morality,you half-wit neanderthal.

  23. Russia treats its gay population like it treated its Jewish population exactly one hundred years’ ago. Small difference – it’s just that the scapegoats change.

    1. hoomoodeviance. detector. 14 Jun 2013, 11:20pm

      A person cannot control their nationality. They can control immoral urges. Immoral urges are bestiality, incest, sc’@t, paedophilia and homosexuality., and many more.

  24. They want now to take away our children….

    Elena Mizulina,the author of unconstitutional and anti-scientific law “Prohibition of non-traditional sexual relationships among minors”, speaks:

    “There are children who are raised by same-sex couples and a legal amendment to our “Prohibition of non-traditional sexual relationships among minors” is being considered so as to make it possible for social services to take these children away on the grounds of being exposed to same-sex cohabitation.”

    Fascism is HERE.

  25. It’s just like being back in Thatcher’s Britain of the 1980’s …….

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