Voices from Russia

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Putin’s Message to Gays in Sochi: “Leave Children in Peace”

00 Putin vs Obama. 11.11.13

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On Friday, President Vladimir Putin said that gay people should feel comfortable at the Sochi Winter Olympics, but “leave children in peace”. In June, Putin signed into law a bill forbidding promotion of homosexuality amongst minors, sparking months of controversy ahead of the 7-23 February Olympics in Sochi. The law’s proponents argue that they intended it to protect children from harmful influences, but critics allege the move restricts freedom of speech and is part of a broader crackdown on the Russian gay community.

Putin said at a meeting with Olympic volunteers in the mountain village of Krasnaya Polyana, the venue outside Sochi for Olympic snow sports, that gay sex isn’t a crime in Russia, so, gay people can “feel calm, at ease, but leave children in peace, please”. The remarks come a day after Putin reiterated that wouldn’t be “no discrimination” at the Games. He previously said that Russia would “do everything” to make sure of a warm welcome for Sochi guests “regardless … of sexual orientation”.

The MVD, which controls the police, shall enforce the controversial anti-gay law at the Olympics. There’ll also be tight restrictions on protests, which must take place at a park in a small town that lies more than 12 kilometres from any Olympic venues. US President Barack Obama won’t attend the Games, and his nomination of two gay former athletes to his country’s delegation was widely interpreted as a comment on the Russian law.

17 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140117/186631856/Putins-Message-to-Gays-in-Sochi-Leave-Children-in-Peace.html

 

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18 January 2014. From the Russian Web… There be Some Feisty Babas Out There, Kids…

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For the uninitiated, the Baba above is playing “Beer Pong

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I read this on the web:

She was a feisty old broad who gambled, drank, smoked, and wore it out before she cashed it in.

Now, that’s a life lived to the fullest! Ura!

BMD

 

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18 January 2014. A Photo Essay. It Was a VERY Cossack Christmas in Volgograd…

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The above images show the contemporary life of the Cossacks in Volgograd Oblast. I’ll say this… Cossack honour and Cossack duty haven’t changed one bit, have they? If I had to choose between Cossack integrity and decency and the lies of a poseur like Rod Dreher (Mr Dreher issued snarky comments on Cossacks), there’s no choice for good people, is there? I know whom I favour… and I confide that most of you agree with me on this one…

BMD

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Russian Neo-Nazi Homophobe Extremist Arrested in Cuba

00 No More Hate Crime. 18.09.13

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On Saturday, the MVD reported that Cuba arrested Maksim Martsinkevich, a Russian Neo-Nazi activist known for his violent campaign targeting alleged paedophiles, on an international arrest warrant. Cuba informed Russia of the affair through Interpol. More widely known under his nickname of Tesak, or “Machete”, a Russian court ordered Martsinkevich’s arrest last month on extremism charges.

According to Russian tabloid Life News, which has close links to security sources, during an 8 January interview, Martsinkevich said that Russia’s “peado-lobby” orchestrated the criminal charges against him, and that he didn’t intend to return to Russia. The RF SK said that it’s finalising the details of Martsinkevich’s extradition. In a 9 January post on his website, Martsinkevich wrote that he’d flown to Cuba from Kiev, via Frankfurt. In 2011, Martsinkevich founded the Occupy Paedophile vigilante group, which lured men to abusive encounters using false promises of sex with minors. They recorded the encounters and posted them online. Reports also said that the group targeted gay men, whom they subjected to similar abusive treatment. Martsinkevich has over 130,000 subscribers to his page on Russian social networking site Vkontakte where he posts information about himself and his political beliefs. The former leader of banned nationalist group Format 18, the authorities released Martsinkevich from prison in 2010 after he served a 3½-year sentence on incitement to hatred charges.

18 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140118/186668847/Far-Right-Russian-Nationalist-Arrested-in-Cuba—Police.html

 

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