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Russian Gays Look to U.S. for Asylum

"Alexander Kargaltsev, a 28-year-old Russian gay activist and filmmaker who received U.S. asylum, said he used to receive about one message a month from gay contacts in Russia asking how to seek asylum abroad. But this summer he said the number has climbed to practically one a day. Mr. Kargaltsev believes it is a response to what he sees as Russia's increasing intolerance of homosexuality—part of a growing campaign against Western liberal values that has become a prominent feature of Russian politics since Mr. Putin's return to the presidency in 2012. The new Russian laws come on the heels of local antigay regulations, such as the Moscow government's decision in 2012 to ban gay pride parades for a century. The Russian Orthodox Church's leader, Patriarch Kirill, last month described gay marriage as "a very dangerous sign of the apocalypse." Such moves are popular in Russia, where gay sex has been legal since 1993 but homosexuality remains largely taboo. According to an April survey by the Levada Center, 73% of respondents said the government should suppress public expressions of homosexuality." Man, I feel bad for these people. The Mexicans don't know how they lucky they have it. They can just crossed a border to come here.


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