Apart from Madonna, I have seen no people with profile say anything about this situation in Russia. Nor do I expect anything to be said by anyone. People don’t care about Gay life in Russia. Sad, yet true.
Помимо Мадонны, я не видел людей с профилем ничего сказать об этой ситуации в России. И я не ожидаю ничего, чтобы сказать, кем угодно. Люди не заботятся о гей-жизни в России. Грустно, но правда.
A leader of the Russian LGBT movement, Nikolai Alekseyev, has been detained in a one-man picket in St. Petersburg protesting against a new local law that bans “gay propaganda” among minors, GayRussia.ru website reported on Thursday.
Police detained Alekseyev after he unfolded a poster near the building of the municipal administration of Russia’s second largest city. The poster read “Homosexuality is not perversion. Perversion is field hockey and ballet on ice.”
Last month St. Petersburg’s Governor Georgy Poltavchenko approved a law penalizing “the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors.” The law effectively outlaws any Gay Pride events.
GayRussia.ru announced on Wednesday that Alekseyev is set to hold his one-man protest near the St. Petersburg administration building indefinitely and will resume it with a new poster after each time he is detained and released.
The law, which came into force in March, caused a divided reaction among Russians, where anti-gay sentiment remains strong. Russian LGBT groups have requested support in the West against the law that made the “promotion of homosexuality” an administrative offense. The influential Russian Orthodox Church has backed the law.
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Police in St. Petersburg arrested two gay rights activists on Thursday for violating a new local law that bans “gay propaganda” among minors, police said.
The law, which came into force on March 17, caused a divided reaction among Russians, where anti-gay sentiment remains strong. Russian LGBT groups have requested support in the West against the law that made the “promotion of homosexuality” an administrative offence. The influential Russian Orthodox Church backed the law.
Picket organizers confirmed on Thursday that the two men had been detained in St. Petersburg for picketing against the law that activists have called “homophobic.”
“On April 5, a resident of the Krasnodar region and a resident of the Lipetsk region were detained for picketing on their own,” a source in the city police said.
He said the men were detained for the slogans they carried, which he said the law qualifies as “public actions aimed at promoting sodomy, lesbian culture and bisexuality among minors.”
A gay rights organization said in turn that the two men remained under arrest, although police said protocols on the administrative offense had been completed. GayRussia.Ru quoted the men’s lawyers as saying there was no propaganda in the men’s actions.