Sunday 30 June 2013 12.38 EDT
Russia passes anti-gay-law
Vladimir Putin signs bill that means people disseminating 'propaganda' about homosexual relationships to minors risk fines
Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, has signed into law a measure that stigmatises gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality.
The lower house of Russia's parliament unanimously passed the Kremlin-backed bill on 11 June and the upper house approved it last week.
The Kremlin announced on Sunday that Putin had signed the legislation into law.
The ban on "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" is part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values over western liberalism, which the Kremlin and the Russian orthodox church see as corrupting Russian youth and contributing to the protests against Putin's rule.
Hefty fines can now be imposed on those who provide information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to minors or hold gay pride rallies.
In some ways he's worse because he should know better, R2. Russians have the curse of their substandard genetics, nuclear poisoning, and rampant fetal alcohol syndrome to contend with.
Well that will stop people from becoming gay.
While this is an extreme, I'm not sure anyone should be pushing sexuality to minors.
What you you expect? He hangs around with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Yeah, it's because people are telling gay kids it's OK to be gay - that's the reason why people are protesting thug Putin.
I guess Putin represents traditional values: thug who makes sure anyone against hmi "disappears" and who longs for the good old days of communism, which did so much good for their country.
Boycott the Olympics, boycott all Olympics. The fascist IOOC awarded these games to a homophobic nation.
this is what happens when Church & State are merged into one. Surely the American fundies are getting inspired and GOP and 'Libertarians' (See Frank Rich's excellent article' are ready and eager to join forces.
It's just a matter of time before Russia's angry gays will also be restricted from using the double entendre phrase: "Putin the Dick".
I think the IOC and FIFA are debating what to do and what to tell participating athletes in any upcoming events. Both groups are presumably open to gay athletes and have made efforts to denounce homophobia in the sports world, but they've also said they can't guarantee the protection of athletes (or their partners) if they go to countries with anti-gay laws. So, theoretically, a gay athlete and his boyfriend could go to Sochi, get arrested and the IOC would just throw their hands up in the air and say there's nothing they can do.
These assholes blathered on about 'the children! think of the children, we have to protect the children!' : as if they think of the children when cutting SNAP, education, et al. Funk them. Bigoted tools.
Russia had SNAP?
Sochi will be interesting. I'm sure the dirtbags at NBC won't say peep. Wonder if someone like Johnny Weir would have anything to say about it. I know the female figure skaters are mostly conservative slobs. I can't imagine there not being some kind of statement from an American or other non-Russian athlete. Maybe a medalist wearing a rainbow armband on the stand?
I agree that NBC won't say a thing about this heinous law.
[quote] While this is an extreme, I'm not sure anyone should be pushing sexuality to minors.
Fuck you. It's not pushing "sexuality"; it's acknowledging adult loving relationships. Following the "logic" of your fucked up freeper damaged and diseased argument, an argument gleaned straight from the FOX pablum spewed by soul-haters, pablum that you inject yourself with, any time marriage of heterosexual couple is EVER MENTIONED, or someone refers to an opposite sex boyfriend or girlfriend, then that is also "pushing sexuality."
Again, fuck you.
Oh, fuck you.
There's something seriously wrong with Russia and the Russians! Politically, they have the worst track record ever! Hundreds of years of crushing monarchy; they over throw that and bring in communism and expansionist oppression. That falls apart and they've now got the thug Putin. The passage and acceptance of these laws show how backwater Russia is and will remain until they catch up and wake up. They back Syria, ally with China and North Korea. They're always on the wrong side of everything! And, yes, I know they've produced some wonderful artists...
I used to think that my Dad was exaggerating/blathering when he talked about how the communism practiced in the USSR had ruined the entire country but when you take a look at Russia these days it seems hard to deny that he had a point. Their population is dropping precipitously, they're almost comically backwards on social issues, the Russian economy is an utter disaster and it seems that corruption and graft permeate every part of society. And that's just a small list of their problems. It's like the entire country is receiving some sort of cosmic punishment.
Russia needs oil and gas to stay at very high prices. If they fall the Russian economy will collapse. More than half of state revenues come from oil and gas. Cheap shale is the greatest threat facing Russia. Russia's costs of production and transportation are very high. Russia wants the US and Iran to be at odds because it keeps the price of oil and gas high.
The 'crushing' monarchy was nothing compared to the murders of millions of innocents under Lenin and Stalin. The Soviet era was a horrible nightmare that wrecked unbelievable destruction across the country.
All of those great artists lived or were trained in Imperial Russia. The Soviet Union produced nothing and was a vast wasteland culturally.
Russian is worse than the Arab nations. Atleast the Arabs say it's against their religion. What is Russia's excuse?
They say it's against their religion, too. They are no worse than our religious nuts. The Russian Orthodox hierarchy support Putin and the worst elements of the church are in control. Since 1942 the church hierarchy has been under the absolute control of state security organs and the bishops and Patriarchs were ex-KGB agents. The very worst sorts were promoted by the KGB to rule the church. It will take years for this rot to be purged from the church, but it will happen. This new generation is free of it.
I think I'll swim to Russia.
Russians are religious? Not with those porn videos they produce.
seriously a bunch of 1000 gays should organize as a group and protest in Russia. What would they do? Surely there's not enough room to put all of them in jail.