WHILST RUSSIA OFFERS LITTLE TO NO PROTECTION FOR THE GAY CITIZENS, THE COUNTRY STILL NEEDS TO BE BOYCOTTED NOW.
Several gay rights activists have suffered injuries after being assaulted during and after a chaotic demonstration in St.Petersburg
Dozens gathered in a city center park to mark International Day Against Homophobia. City authorities had sanctioned the demonstration, and a police unit shielded participants as they chanted slogans and gave out balloons to passers-by.
A larger crowd of anti-gay protesters, some wielding Orthodox crosses, repeatedly shouted death threats, and attempted to break the cordon. Eventually, one man struggled past the police and sprayed mace at one of the demonstrators, who lay prone for several minutes until paramedics arrived.
Afraid the police would not be able to keep the peace, the activists wrapped up the event within minutes. Police escorted the participants on to buses, but the convoy had only traveled several streets when a large group of shaven-headed men sporting football and neo-Nazi attire blocked their path.
The assailants threw several smoke grenades at the buses, before rushing them. They broke the windows with rocks and clubs and climbed inside, punching and kicking the activists. Police officers intervened and the drivers managed to get away.
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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Enforcement of anti-gay propaganda laws continued in Russia this weekend.
Gay rights demonstrators observed the Day of Silence, which draws attention to “the silencing of discrimination and crimes against sexual minorities.” Two demonstrators were arrested in St. Petersburg.
According to The Moscow Times, “The demonstrators stood separately with their mouths sealed by bright red tape and holding signs, including one reading ‘There is no silencing of crimes against gays and lesbians.’”
This type of demonstration is technically legal as the protestors were not yelling slogans. Apparently actually speaking your beliefs is a real crime. (Let’s remember to be grateful that we have Freedom of Speech here in the US.)
Sergei Kondrashov and Igor Kochetkov were arrested by police based on their alleged “propaganda of a homosexual nature.” They’ve since been released and are due in court on Monday.
The Moscow Times notes that under the new law that came into effect in March, “anyone found guilty of promoting homosexuality among minors can be fined from 5,000 ($170) to 50,000 rubles, or up to 500,000 rubles for legal entities.”
There’s no mention of the demonstrators specifically targeting their SILENT protest at children, but it looks like the Russian government is looking for any reason to thwart the dreaded gay agenda. (Because we’re just so scary.)
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.