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Gay rights in Russia: Facts and Myths

02.08.2013 10:39

Over the past fortnight, Russia has been accused of rolling gay rights back to the Stalin era, faced a vodka boycott, and then suspended its “gay propaganda law” to appease foreigners at the Sochi Olympics (or did it?). RT sorts out fact from fiction.

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Ryan Leonard 27.06.2014 20:36

Well done Russia.


haroonramoz 24.06.2014 19:55

Feak western(Zionists)dem ocracy is to destroy socities and missguid young generations.


haroonramoz 24.06.2014 19:53

Gay is very bad,even animals do not do it.


iceblueyes1234 17.02.2014 05:19

It seems to me that there are some rights people are being stripped of, but it isn't to the extent that it is other places. I mean, it is technically legal to have homosexual relations. It is a bit unfair that they are banning demonstrations, but I feel as if somewhere from twenty to fifty years from now Russia will have what are the young people today in power. As it always is, young people tend to have a more open mind and more worldly view. Let's just hope that happens in Russia, preferably sooner than later.


Michael 27.12.2013 22:39

Valeofignoranc e 01.09.2013 11:50

The gay community has gone wild over Russian policies, but why? Far worse policies and conditions exist in Arab and Middle Eastern countries - yet the gay community (and the MSM) never says anything negative about these countries! So what is the source of all this venom being thrown at Russia?


Yo u are correct, but this is not all. America has no economic ties to Russia. Meanwhile, the US sucks Middle Eastern oil like a starving baby sucks milk from a teat. Also compare reactions with the Chinese olympics, a country with far fewer human rights. Hypocrites


Mary Linn 22.11.2013 23:23

Varoon (वरुन) 07.08.2013 16:43

Ch ildren have more to fear from dysfunctional heterosexual parents, not from homosexuals who indulge in sane consenting relationships

One boy was tortured to death by a gang of skinheads and others pushed to suicide, I guess that made you happy?

You' re sick, seek therapy


Yo u are sick hahaha! look at yourself, poor guy, and better learn to behave online


Mary Linn 22.11.2013 23:19

Varoon (वरुन) 07.08.2013 16:34

I can't believe there are people inhumane enough here to defend Russia's anti homosexual laws

The have lost the modicum of humanity they possibly had

Anti human rights activists should seek therapy, for the betterment of everybody

P.S: I had to censure my comment to be posted, is that normal?


you just can't have a dialogue here, so better close your dirty mouth


Abinico Warez 16.11.2013 22:27

Gays routinely break child abuse laws with their 'chicken parties' where fat, ugly, old gay guys gather to trade their 'children' (a.k.a. chickens).


Eddy Hart 05.11.2013 03:22

As human beings we do not choose our sexuality. Those who believe that the LGBT community do indeed choose their sexuality....ask yourself this...when did you decide what sexuality you are now?

You didn't.

No one does.

What is happening in Russia in regard to the LGBT community is unbelievably base and evil. It is a sign of a country that is allowing the abuse of its minorities as a diversion to its economic decline and govermental deficiencies.

If the boot was on the other foot, there would be far more anger and action than that which is shown in this forum.

Sham e on those who support these actions.


Saucy Fox 02.11.2013 16:34

Nicolas McGovern 11.09.2013 19:23

The people thriving on this violence are not Christians. They are sociopaths. But even they fit into God's plan.


that made me laugh

here is just one of many passages in the bible

Lo, a day shall come for the Lord when the spoils shall be divided in your midst. And I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle: the city shall be taken, houses plundered, women ravished; half of the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be removed from the city. (Zechariah 14:1-2 NAB)


Teresa Tannahill 04.10.2013 14:43

I am a l€sbian and I want to comment on this news item. But RT says, 'Your comment contains offensive language. Please modify the text in order to have it posted.'
So I modify my post and then RT deletes it.

Do you feel proud to work for RT, dear moderator?


Nicolas McGovern 11.09.2013 19:23

Rigid structures such as the Catholic Church, and the Russian Orthodox Church - are built on conditional love.

Jesus loved the company of sinners, he loved them. That is why he loved all of us. Because we are all sinners.

Si n, from the greek "to miss the mark," as in we are all "missing the point." -It is not a condemnation, because in christ, there is no condemnation.

The people thriving on this violence are not Christians. They are sociopaths. But even they fit into God's plan.

The apocalypse of saint peter says, we are all forgiven through the blood of christ. No exceptions.


Nicolas McGovern 11.09.2013 19:17

How does one reflect the image of God properly? That sounds almost like heresy. Heresy from the Greek verb "to choose" - that is not being obedient to God. God is transcendent, and cannot be fathomed by the mind of Man.

It is arrogant to assume that you know propriety in the context of God's view.

I only hope that you have not made the step of calling these peoples' souls unclean, for the scripture says that that in and of itself is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

As intolerant towards Gays (and other minorities) as both Russia and the US are, I'd like their laws to address murder and theft, not blasphemy.


Nicolas McGovern 11.09.2013 19:09

The place where politics and religion intersect is usually populated by zealots - the kind of people who flippantly cast labels like "infidel" upon those who neglect to support their interpretation. Interesting thing, the word "infidel" - in latin it means 'one without faith.' - now if christians in russia really had faith that heterosexuality was right and proper, adhering to some Aristotelian view of nature and the essence of man (here I'm implying that without greek philosophy, via Saint Paul, Christianity would not exist) then why do laws need to be passed implicitly defining heterosexuality as normal?


Xenia Lynn Teresa Williams 04.09.2013 13:12

I think the confusion in this debate concerns perspective of the Authority of God, and that of the perspective of the Authority of Mankind, which is the basis for the populous sovereignty principle in democratic societies.


Xenia Lynn Teresa Williams 04.09.2013 13:10

If a democratic society accepts the Authority of God as Absolute, and above the Authority of Man, then it will adopt laws that reflect it, it will promote societal behaviours that respect that, even as it is respectful of the fact that men are created, all of them, in the image of God. However, if a society refuses to reflect that image properly..well they face their consequences. It is when they want to impose it...this is where the trouble starts.


Valeofignorance 01.09.2013 11:50

The gay community has gone wild over Russian policies, but why? Far worse policies and conditions exist in Arab and Middle Eastern countries - yet the gay community (and the MSM) never says anything negative about these countries! So what is the source of all this venom being thrown at Russia?

The ugly truth is that Russia is only being treated this way because it is a White country. The gay community pours vitriol upon any White country which fails to actively promote gay policies, yet such standards never apply to non-White countries. Maybe the gay community needs to ask itself why it is so vehemently anti-White.


Mikhail Malinin 31.08.2013 18:11

BrentJRad 18.08.2013 20:52

If a country signs a treaty they are legally bound by the terms of it.


The law doesn't contradict any of the treaties to which Russia is a signatory, and which are binding for Russia, since there's no such a right as to promote homosexuality as a norm towards children. Such right is not mentioned in of the any treaties which Russia signed.

PS. The law doesn't ban talking about homosexuality or discussing it. It prohibits to directly impose the idea that homosexual and heterosexual relationships are equal and socially equivalent upon kids.

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