Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Is VVP Signalling a Change in Russian Policy Towards LGBT?

00 Putin in Sochi w China TV reporter. 19.01.14

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Read this. Here’s the relevant quote:

President V V Putin called Russians to rid themselves of aggression toward sexual minorities, sparking discussion of a possible softening of the country’s official stance on homosexuality. In a film about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi broadcast by Rossiya-24 TV in early February, Putin said, “It’s each person’s business” to choose what kind of sexual life to have, emphasising that there isn’t criminal prosecution of homosexuality in Russia. “Now about the law on sexual minorities […] Both straight people and non-traditionally-oriented people should rid themselves of aggression and treat each other in a more straightforward way”.

Take this for what its worth. It’s a good sign. By the way… VVP is simply echoing the Church’s stance. HH said, “We respect all human choices, including those of sexual orientation. We reserve the right to call a sin ‘sin'”. The Church does NOT condone homophobia or violence against gay people as an institution. That being said, there are individuals who ARE homophobic or who preach intolerance of gay people. We aren’t fundies… VVP simply reflects that. No, the Church does NOT “bless” homosexuality… but it doesn’t teach hatred of gays either. It’s nuanced…

BMD

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

First Media Outlet Fined for “Gay Propaganda” in Russia

gay parade in st petersburg

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Editor’s Note:

This is the FIRST case against a media outlet since the law came into effect last June. I seem to notice a disconnect between reality and all the brouhaha in the West. This is what’s real, kids… the other’s bullshit. Aren’t you ashamed to have listened to CNN and Fox? You KNOW that they don’t tell the whole truth… they do their best to satisfy their oligarch paymasters, not you, after all. Silly wabbits…

BMD

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On Thursday, local news website Amurburg.ru reported that, for the first time, the Prokuratura opened a case against the media under the anti-gay propaganda legislation introduced in Russia last year; a newspaper editor who reported about a school teacher allegedly fired because he was gay received a fine. The court fined Aleksandr Suturin, editor-in-chief of Molodoi Dalnevostochnik (Young Far Easterner) in the Russian Far East, 50,000 roubles (1,430 USD. 1,590 CAD. 1,600 AUD. 1,060 Euros. 880 UK Pounds). Suturin blamed the verdict on a “shadow morality police” and “brown plague”, saying that he’d appeal the decision. Molodoi Dalnevostochnik, the oldest publication in the Khabarovsk region, came under fire because its website has a label warning that only people above the age of 16 should visit its website. A law passed in June prohibited “promotion of nontraditional sexual relations among minors”. The age of majority in Russia is 18.

The story in questioned, entitled “A History About Gay-ography”, dated back to September. It detailed the claims of a local geography teacher and gay rights activist who said that he had pressure to quit his job at school and Neo-Nazis assaulted him because of his sexuality. Suturin denied in court that the report constituted “propaganda” of gay relationships. The law against “gay propaganda” provoked a backlash in the West and prompted calls to boycott the Sochi Olympics taking place next month. The law prohibits informing underage children about the “attractiveness of nontraditional sexual relationships” and giving them “distorted ideas about social equality of traditional and nontraditional sexual relationships”. However, President Putin repeatedly said in public that the law doesn’t amount to discrimination of LGBTs.

30 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140130/187051137/First-Media-Outlet-Fined-for-Gay-Propaganda-in-Russia.html

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Monday, 14 October 2013

14 October 2013. To Set the Record Straight… Putin Signs Bill Banning Promotion of Non-Traditional Sexual Relations into Law

00 Putin with child. 07.10.12

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Editor’s Note:

There’s been much crapola circulating about the law signed by President Putin banning “the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations” (that’s the direct translation from the Russian). It isn’t what the Western homosexual lobby thinks it is… it isn’t what Western sectarians (and demented Orthodox konvertsy) think it is. Read the post below (I checked it against two Russian originals). It’ll clear the air. Note well that no imprisonment is called for in any part of the law. It won’t please the haters (of all stripes)…

BMD

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On Sunday, an official government legal website said that President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill banning the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations” to minors. The law levies fines for such offences from 800,000 to 1 million roubles (24,800-31,000 USD. 25,600-32,100 CAD. 26,200-32,800 AUD. 18,300-22,900 Euros. 15,500-19,400 UK Pounds) for legal entities, from 4,000 to 5,000 roubles (125-155 USD. 130-160 CAD. 130-165 AUD. 90-115 Euros. 80-100 UK Pounds) for individuals, and from 40,000 to 50,000 roubles (1,240-1,550 USD. 1,300-1,600 CAD. 1,300-1,650 AUD. 920-1,150 Euros. 775-975 UK Pounds) for officials. The authorities also have the right to suspend legal entities for 90 days for the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations” to children. Promotion of such relations using mass media or internet resources levy harsher penalties of 50,000 to 100,000 roubles (1,550-3,100 USD. 1,600-3,200 CAD. 1,650-3,300 AUD. 1,150-2,300 Euros. 975-1,950 UK Pounds) for individuals, 100,000 to 200,000 roubles (3,100-6,200 USD. 3,200-6,400 CAD. 3,300-6,600 AUD. 2,300-4,600 Euros. 1,950-3,900 UK Pounds) for officials, and 1 million roubles (31,000 USD. 32,100 CAD. 32,800 AUD. 22,900 Euros. 19,400 UK Pounds) or 90-day suspension for legal entities.

While the law’s proponents argue they aim to protect children from harmful influences, critics allege that the move is part of a broader crackdown on Russia’s gay community. Russia has come under international criticism, including from the European Court of Human Rights, for its treatment of the gay community. On Tuesday, Putin reiterated that law doesn’t violate the rights of sexual minorities in Russia in any way. When asked about the recently-passed bill that would impose fines of up to 1 million roubles for promoting homosexuality to minors, Putin said that sexual minorities “are full-fledged members of our society and aren’t being discriminated against in any way. It’s not about imposing some sort of sanctions on homosexuality. … It’s about protecting children from certain information. Some countries … think that there’s no need to protect [children] from this. … However, we’re going to provide such protection, the Gosduma decided such. We ask you not to interfere in our internal affairs”.

30 June 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130630/181970032/Putin-Signs-Anti-Gay-Bill-Into-Law.html

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