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MSP Bill Kidd: Glasgow may have to end twinned status with Russian city unless homophobia is challenged

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  1. Do we see Russians demonstrating about British laws which criminalize c`o`n`se`ns`ual ad`ult acts that are legal in Russia such as de-fac`to p`o`ly-=gamy and adu`lt i`n`c`e-s=t? Hypocrite!

  2. .....Paddyswurds 13 Aug 2013, 6:56pm

    Western athletes who support the Russian anti gay pogroms by attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi should be ostracised and vilified at every opportunity and they should have fair warning of this before they go.
    We have little time left in which to bring as much pressure as possible on western Olympic committees to boycott the Russian games and we must step up our game.
    Athletes who go there will be hoping to gain medals with which they will then approach commercial concerns in order to make as much money as possible from such wins.
    The gay community is an important economic block when these companies are marketing athletes, as we have the disposable income to indulge these people. If we make it clear that participants in these games will be shunned then I am betting things will change in our favour and more importantly in the disgraceful and inhuman anti gay laws in Russia.

    1. .....Paddyswurds 13 Aug 2013, 6:57pm

      ……. Buyer and supporter of these laws beware; supporting and taking part in these games is giving tacit support to these dreadful laws, which are akin to Hitlers pogroms against the Jews,


  3. Glesga George 13 Aug 2013, 10:56pm

    It’s funny that SNP MSPs Bill Kidd and James Dornan are happy to speak out about Glasgow being twinned with a Russian city, yet both of them don’t mention how the SNP Scottish Government has been asked to speak out but have refused to do so in case it harms trade between Scotland & Russia.

  4. “However the recent laws passed by the Russian Duma have led to apparent carte blanche for demonstrations of public bigotry and disgusting violence against LGBT citizens in Russia.”

    “It causes me great concern to see that in Russia, and many other parts of the world, LGBT people are being subjected to some of the most horrific human rights abuses.”

    Politicians being frank and forward and speaking out about what they believe ? The world must be coming to an end indeed !! There must be some trick here.

    1. Glesga George 14 Aug 2013, 10:43am

      Except when it comes to speaking out about their own party’s failure to address the situation. While I actually agree with Bill Kidd & James Dornan speaking out about Glasgow, it’s hypocrital of them to speak out on Glasgow (a Labour administration) yet not say a word about the silence of the (SNP) government on the Russian situation. Far from being politicians doing something honourable and different, they’re doing what politicians always do – criticise other parties and ignore the problems in their own party.

  5. We ignore Putin’s actions at our peril. Gays today – Jews tomorrow. Then what? People with ‘dark’ skin … or brown eyes (for not looking Russian enough’?). It is VERY sinister. So, ANY action which tells Putin and his thug followers VERY clearly that he is an imbecile has to be positive. ANY city which has twinning arrangements should break ties now … and to hell with any monor economic impact. Whatever happened to ‘principles’?

  6. Well done its a shame Manchester doesn’t have the backbone to do the same. Manchester twinned with Moscow !!! Oh dear Manchester what has happened to your spirit !

  7. Go ed Glasgow! Politics is a popularity contest and politicians are cowards with international stage freight. They stand up for what they believe in, but only if they can be sure everyone believes in it also. Someone has to take the first step, set a new standard for equality :)

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