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Nick Clegg tells PinkNews: Russia needs to ‘move with the times’ when it comes to LGBT rights

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Jul 2013, 4:00pm

    All progressive countries should boycott the games entirely.

    1. That leaves very few I’m afraid. Eastern Europe in general is behind the rest of Europe on LGBT issues but Russia has taken anti-gay hysteria to a whole new level.
      Here in the UK we’re lucky to be part of a minority of the world’s population that lives in a relatively tolerant and liberal society as far as gay rights are concerned.

      The sad reality is that most countries have a very conservative attitude to LGBT people by our standards, not just Russia.

  2. I actually was half expecting the Russian government to turn a blind eye during a global event like the Olympics, if for no other reason than to prevent a diplomatic row. So I’m very saddened to hear the news that they’ve already banned Pride House. It shows they are dogmatic and zealous in their views and convinced in the validity of their actions.

    I now think the only response must be boycotts and pressure on the sponsors in terms of petitions and reminding them of their commitment to equality.

    1. I found a list of the Sochi 2014 sponsors here.

      http://www.sochi2014.com/en/team/partners/

      They are already animal rights groups campaigning against the event because the mayor is advocating that citizens kill any stray animals before the games. In response there are petitions on change.org as well as advice on how to contact sponsors and the city officials to voice your protest.

      Couldn’t we do something similar?

  3. Very well and good, but this is the equivilent of a gay kid being bullied in the school yard whils’t the other kids look on but a few kids go “You should stop! That’s bad!” without actually doing anything to stop the beating/torture.

  4. Jesus moran 18 Jul 2013, 4:23pm

    We all should boycott Russia period

  5. Russia shouldn’t just be expected to get with the times, just leaving them alone over the issue will do nothing but let them continue going backwards.
    Civilized governments should take active and direct measures to make Russia get with the times, without regard for Russian politics. Including boycotting events such as the Olympics, lowering them down the list of trading partners with the aim of eventually cutting them off entirely. And I would be more than happy to see countries actively encouraging the migration or Russian citizens out of Russia. The EU, with it’s sizable minority of ethnic Russians would be ideal for pursuing this goal.

  6. Putin critic Alexei Navalny was jailed for 5 years today on fake embezzlement charges. The verdict has been condemned by both the EU and US.

    Britain needs to fully boycott the Sochi games.

    The Russian dictatorship does not deserve to be rewarded for its suppression of human rights.

    The most bizarre thing about Russian homophobia is that Vladimir Putin is suspected to be a closet case himself.

  7. jonnielondon 18 Jul 2013, 5:14pm

    I will be happy to make a citizen’s arrest and send mr. poutine to the ICC for crimes against humanity. Hope he travels to my neck of the woods real soon!

  8. Colin (London) 18 Jul 2013, 5:30pm

    I would love to hear another country offer to take the games over and the Olympic Committee and world leaders support it.

    That would be progress. The world get the Olympics but Russia gets told very publically what leaders think.

    Actions speak louder than words.

    1. Colin (London) 18 Jul 2013, 5:32pm

      Come on Vancouver…Come on Canada…Speak.

  9. This is a Pink News comments board… what a stupid thing to say

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Jul 2013, 7:50pm

      Don’t enable the loon, ignore him.

  10. Gay rights will soon come to Russia,as soon as Putin and United(Divided) Russia leaves politics,which is unlikely for at least another decade.

    It’s comparable to Spain under Franco,during Francoist Spain homosexuality was cracked down and society was very conservative,but soon after his death,society liberalized after escaping oppression.

  11. There are member states of the EU which have very poor rights for minorities.
    The UK still holds records for criminal convictions obtained through ‘pretty police’ and stalking.
    In western europe it is getting better but slowly. In the east it is as bad as ever.

  12. If this were any other group (women, black, people who drink coffee or tea) most every other country would be OUTRAGED and demand a change or boycott. We are no different. They have already banned Pride House, an Olympic LGBT event. This is discrimination. Either they change their rhetoric or we boycott. The only OTHER choice is to condone, and that i will not do.

  13. As a gay international athlete that missed the paralympic shortlist for the Sochi games I completely oppose a boycott .

    I’ve been a gay rights activist for all of my life but a boycott of these games will not bring about lasting change. The Olympic and Paralympic movement is not political and specifically operates under the Olympic truce which reduces the political efficacy of boycotts.

    This debate completely fails to recognise the amount of work that athletes put in to compete in the games is huge – whether they’re gay or straight – training hard, make personal and financial sacrifices to fight for the right to compete on behalf of their nation.

    If you want to take action that truly makes a difference, write to the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, the Leader of the Opposition, the President of the European Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations asking them to step up political pressure on Russia’s homophobic laws.

  14. Stephen Frost 9 Aug 2013, 11:46pm

    Blah blah blah. More meaningless WORDS. Why don’t they actually DO something?!

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