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  • 13th December 2011

    250,000 sign petition against St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 7

    (L-R) Ulrike Lunacek MEP, Baroness Catherine Ashton and Michael Cashman MEP receive the petition (Photo: EU)

    3:18 PM — Nearly a quarter of a million people have signed a petition calling on world leaders to hold Russia to account for a draft law in St Petersburg which threatens to silence its gay community. The draft law would punish the promotion of LGBT lifestyles in public alongside paedophilia in Russia's second largest city.

  • 30th November 2011

    Russia reacts to overseas “interference” on St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 29

    Human Rights Watch warned of the precedent St Petersburg's proposed law would set

    2:00 PM — A senior official in the Russian government has said he is "perplexed" by the US statement condemning a proposed law which could severely hinder freedom of expression for LGBT people in St Petersburg. Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said the US State Department's comments were "incorrect".

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