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  1. Hi, can you tell your readers how many people have been prosecuted under this law?
    Also be interested to find out if any EU states have had similar laws proposed or enacated.

    1. Hi. There is a video link in the article somewhere, perhaps you should read and watch, if you find the time to do so.
      It is as much about the enforcement of the law by the police and courts as it is about how people and groups feel it gives them an absolute license to behave in a way that would otherwise be illegal. As well as the sadly necessary measures taken by LGBT Russians to try and keep themselves and others safe.

    2. It’s not the prosecutions that are the main problem. It’s the legitimising of anti LGBT violence, the indifference and collusion of the Police that allows it to continue and the promotion of hatred that goes on in state sponsored media.

      Russia, Uganda, Nigeria are new pariah states. They have chosen to enact this legislation as a way of deflecting attention from the failings of their governments.

    3. Why is this so heavily downvoted?

  2. It is so hard for me to watch this. I spent years in Russia from perestroika through the 90s, I was even there during the coup, and it was never like this. So many hopes and dreams sacrificed on the altar of authoritarianism. I want to tell them to flee, flee, flee to the West. Has anyone thought of organizing an LGBT Underground Railroad to get these people out? I know many of them would not leave, but still, this is horrific. No one should have to endure this type of treatment, in Russia, Nigeria, or Uganda. We must speak up for them, because they cannot always speak up for themselves.

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