Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

18 June 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… “Sextremist” Topless Protest Targets Belarus President Lukashenko

00 Ukrainian police. FEMEN protester. 18.06.13

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On Tuesday, cops in Kiev dispersed self-styled “sextremist” topless protesters from the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN overnight after they attempted to storm a building where Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko was staying, the group said on its website. President Lukashenko, once dubbed by American officials as the “last dictator in Europe”, is in the Ukrainian capital for a two-day official visit. The activists carried burning torches and with daubed slogans, including “Viva Belarus”, “Dictator, Get Out!”, on their bodies, tried to break through security at the residence in downtown Kiev where Lukashenko was staying. Ukrainian riot police prevented them from entering the building and rounded them up. The group said it staged the protest to remind Lukashenko of what it called “the brutal harassment” of FEMEN activists in the forest near the Belarusian town of Gomel in 2011, following another topless demonstration near KGB headquarters in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. FEMEN said their protest also aimed to highlight the plight of independent journalists in Belarus who they claim have “disappeared” after criticising the Lukashenko régime, and of hundreds of political prisoners allegedly “illegally” held in Belarusian prison camps. The group also cited the case of the men who jailed and executed “without any proof” for their alleged role in a deadly bomb attack on the Minsk subway in 2011. The group said in a statement on its website, “FEMEN calls the world to psychological war with dictators! Watch them night and day, don’t let them act!”

In recent weeks, FEMEN carried out a series of high-profile protests abroad. On Monday, FEMEN activists issued a statement on their website saying they “can no longer watch passively” whilst Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan uses force against demonstrators on Istanbul’s Taksim Square, which has been at the centre of mass riots in the country for over a fortnight. The group appealed for money to pay for travel to Turkey, where they threatened to “fight chest to chest” against what it called the “dictatorship” of Erdoğan. In May, Tunisian police arrested FEMEN activists from France and Germany after they made a topless protest in front of Tunisia’s Palace of Justice, after the arrest of a local FEMEN activist following an earlier protest. FEMEN began in the Ukraine in 2008, initially, to protest on women’s rights issues. The group has since made headlines with topless protests around the world on a variety of other political issues.

18 June 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20130618/181727545/Sextremist-Topless-Protest-Targets-Belarus-President.html

Editor’s Note:

It takes all kinds! These gals have figured out that if you give the media “T & A”, you’ll always get publicity. They aren’t dumb blondes, that’s for sure. The Ukrainian coppers in the image seem nonplussed, though. That’s part of their strategy, too. As I said, they’re not dumb blondes…

BMD

Monday, 8 April 2013

Putin Sez Gay Rights Not Violated in Russia… Femen Strikes Again in Hannover

00 Femen topless protest. Vatican. Rome. gay rights. 13.01.13

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On Monday, President Vladimir Putin denied that Russia violates the rights of sexual minorities, saying at a news conference after talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, “Sexual minority rights aren’t violated in Russia”, adding that they enjoy the same rights and freedoms as other Russians. He went on to say, “I consider it necessary to defend the rights of sexual minorities, but… children aren’t born in same-sex marriages. Both Europe and Russia face problems of demographic nature”. Putin noted that although one might solve demographic problems by encouraging migration, he’d like the Russian population to grow because of a demographic boom “in the so-called titular ethnic groups… Russians, Tatars, Chechens, Bashkirs, Dagestanis, and so on”.

Speaking about gay marriages, Putin mentioned the mentality of the Russian people and said that we should deal with such issues should in accordance with the tendencies prevailing in the public mood, stating, “Could you imagine an organisation promoting paedophilia in Russia? I think people in many Russian regions would take up arms. The same is true for sexual minorities… I could hardly imagine them allowing same-sex marriages in Chechnya. Can you imagine it? It would’ve resulted in human casualties”.

Putin reiterated that the gay propaganda rules recently adopted by several Russian regions, which are fiercely criticised by many Western public figures and rights groups, ban homosexual propaganda among minors. Promotion of LGBT values and lifestyle to minors is punishable in St Petersburg with fines of between 5,000 and 500,000 roubles (160 to 16,000 USD. 122 to 12,240 Euros. 105 to 10,480 UK Pounds). Several other Russian regions have similar bans in place. Putin observed, “I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that these laws were adopted on the regional level, and, thus, reflect the stance of the whole Russian society. They aren’t being encouraged by the federal authorities in any way. We need to reach a consensus with this community, to agree on working together. We shouldn’t bicker with each other, we should come to an agreement, to reach understanding, and lay down a certain set of civilised rules. I think this is possible”.

When asked about another trademark topless protest by activists from the feminist group Femen that targeted him as he opened an industrial fair in Hanover, Germany, Putin said, “Thank God, it wasn’t homosexuals who undressed there”. German media said that four women, with obscenities in English and Russian daubed on their breasts, broke through security as Putin and German Bundeskanzlerin Angela Dorothea Merkel were examining a stand at the fair.

8 April 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130409/180521813/Gay-Rights-Not-Violated-in-Russia—Putin.html

Editor’s Note:

Putin, the KPRF, the Church, and Belarus are on the same page. As HH said, “We respect all human choices, including those of sexual orientation, but we reserve the right to call sin a sin”. That is, homosexuality isn’t going to be recriminalised any time soon (or any time later either). On the other hand, although adult homosexuals won’t be harassed legally (societal attitudes are a different story… one can’t change those by legislative fiat), they’re prohibited from “recruiting” amongst minors. In short, a real compromise is in force. Homosexuals are free from imprisonment, but they must be discreet in their doings. Compared to twenty years ago, it’s an advance, and a major one. In the terms of Russian society, it’s probably the best deal realistically out there.

That’s why American rightwing Orthodox are wrong in their witch-hunts of supposed “homosexuals” (note well that they don’t go after entrenched modernist homosexual elements, though… fancy that… nor do they notice them, either. Methinks that their “gaydar” is busted). The Church is clear… it doesn’t fancy homosexual clergy, but it shows oikonomia to lay homosexuals (especially, if they follow the Church’s teachings). The state is clear… relations between consenting adults are legal, but no “recruiting” of minors is kosher. That’s were Russian society is… it can’t go any further for quite some time. That’s the way it is…

BMD

Sunday, 24 February 2013

24 February 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Femen Activists Go Topless to Protest Berlusconi at Italian Polling Station

00 FEMEN protest Milano Italy. 24.02.13

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On Sunday, RAI News reported that activists of the women’s rights group FEMEN went topless at a polling station in Milano when ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi arrived to vote in the Italian general election. Three activists of the Ukrainian feminist group lunged at Berlusconi as he arrived at the polling station. The women held a topless protest, wearing only jeans, under the slogan “Basta Berlusconi” (Enough of Berlusconi). Two Ukrainian and one French woman participated in the protest, AGI reported. Police quickly arrested the activists; they struggled to put jackets and handcuffs on the women. The Italian parliamentary elections, which many see as crucial for the country’s effort to address its economic problems, kicked off on Sunday. Recent estimates gave a lead to Pier Luigi Bersani‘s centre-left alliance, thought to be a few points ahead of the centre-right bloc led by three-time premier Berlusconi. The Ukrainian radical feminist movement FEMEN began in 2008; it devotes itself mainly to protests on women’s issues. Later, the group made headlines for pro-democracy and anti-corruption protests in Russia, the Ukraine, and London.

24 February 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20130224/179657491/Femen-Activists-Strip-in-Berlusconi-Protest-at-Italys-Polls.html

Editor’s Note:

Why do we give such jerks publicity? Is humanity so hungry for “T & A?” In fact, the FEMEN women cheapen their protests with their topless antics. The cops should arrest such sorts and journalists shouldn’t mention it. It’s cheap all the way ‘round, and I’m not alone in thinking that. NO… I’m NOT a censorious blue-nosedEvangelical” right-wing busy-body… I’m a “live n’ let live” leftist Orthodox Christian who doesn’t go out looking for witches to burn (unlike the Monomakhos set and the HOOMies). There are standards of decency, and (c’mon) we all know them. That’s the way it is…

BMD  

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Topless Femen Activists Detained at Gay Protest in Vatican City

00 Femen topless protest. Vatican. Rome. gay rights. 13.01.13

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On Sunday, local media said that four activists of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen staged a topless protest for gay rights in Vatican City as Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger was reciting a prayer. The activists, who had the slogan “In Gay We Trust” painted on their backs, staged a protest by the Christmas tree in the centre of St Peter’s Square. AGI news agency said that the Vatican police briefly detained the women. The radical feminist movement Femen began in 2008; mainly, it protested issues of interest to women. Later, the group made headlines in pro-democracy and anti-corruption protests in Russia, the Ukraine, and London.

 13 January 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20130113/178750360/Topless_Femen_Activists_Detained_at.html

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