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Gays caused Chelyabinsk meteorite? Russian LGBT community accuses TV show of hate speech

Published time: November 15, 2013 03:02
RIA Novosti / Anatoly Medved

RIA Novosti / Anatoly Medved

A Russian TV host has made quite a peculiar remark linking the Chelyabinsk meteorite and the country’s gay movement. Russia’s LGBT community reacted angrily and asked prosecutors to check the host’s show for hate speech.

In a reference to the Old Testament story of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, famous journalist Arkady Mamontov said on his program that the fall of the Chelyabinsk meteorite on February 15 in Russia was related to the country’s growing gay activity. Mamontov’s program ‘Special Correspondent’ airs on state channel Rossiya 1.

The host called the meteorite a warning "to all of us that we should keep the family tradition, traditional love, or else something else - not only the Chelyabinsk meteorite - will hit us."

The Russian LGBT Network rights group filed a complaint with the prosecutor’s office on Thursday. The group accused the show of hate speech, according to group chairman Igor Kochetkov. He said that Mamontov also claimed that gays and lesbians want to "destroy [traditional] Russia.”

Arkady Mamontov (RIA Novosti / Ruslan Krivobok)

A Special Correspondent episode aired on Tuesday included the new documentary film ‘Litsedei’ (Hypocrites), which tells of the alleged threat from Western countries that are trying to carry out a “gay revolution” in Russia by organizing a protest movement based on claims that homosexuals are oppressed.

The film also alleges that conferences of the LGBT community in Russia are sponsored from abroad - in particular by the fund of American business magnate George Soros.

In a statement on the website of the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights, lawyer and human rights activist Maria Bast – who was featured in the documentary – accused the makers of slander and misrepresentation. She went on to say that the film reflected intolerance and fascism.

Russia’s leading LGBT activist and lawyer, Nikolay Alekseev, has submitted a request to Moscow authorities to gain permission to stage a protest against Mamontov’s show. He also said on his Facebook page that he gave a two-hour interview to the filmmakers but that none of it was aired.

Comments (22)


Eerf Ssensuoicsnoc 06.01.2014 23:49

Dont get me wrong, I am an avid believer in the collective consciousness.... But gays bringing down a meteorite??? HA!!! That's a good one! FATTY! If the "negative" vibration from the gay community is creating meteorites to fall then the American government should be causing hellfire storms with 1000s of meteors raining on the earth for the next 500 million years!

Clos e your bible and step out of your box... You'll find something called Earth! And She is a beautiful and loving being :)


Scott Wooledge 17.11.2013 04:59

Pretty sure if gays could summon meteors they would have aimed it at the Kremlin.

What a very sad cancer religion is on intelligence. Encouraging people to have primitive beliefs like this.


Derek Williams 16.11.2013 18:28

While we're about using the Bible as a basis for Russia's laws, in regard to children, God is very strict. They must be killed if they disobey their parents. No wiggle room. One naughty act and you MUST stone them to death:

DEUT ERONOMY 21:18-21 If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his parents then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones
LEVITICUS 20:9 anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.

Uphe ld by Jesus:
"It is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass away than for the smallest part of the letter of the law to become invalid." (Luke 16:17)

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