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Russia Furious at U.S. State Dept's Condemnation of Anti-Gay Bills

Leaders in Moscow are furious that the U.S. State Department has spoken out about legislation in St. Petersburg and Moscow that would ban "gay propaganda".

Dolgov"Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights," the State Department said, repeating a declaration by top US diplomat Hillary Clinton. "We have called on Russian officials to safeguard these freedoms, and to foster an environment which promotes respect for the rights of all citizens."

Russia Today reports:

Konstantin Dolgov (pictured), the Russian Foreign Ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, called comments by the US State Department “incorrect”.

“We are perplexed by the American side’s attempts to interfere in the legislative process in Russia, especially publicly. We consider these attempts inappropriate and inconsistent with the practice of interstate relations," he said, as cited by Interfax. Dolgov pointed out that Russia is ready to build up “a constructive dialogue” with the US on human rights problems based on mutual respect.

I posted about the legislation in mid-November.

The AFP adds:

The vaguely worded bill would introduce fines of up to 50,000 rubles ($1,598) for "public acts" promoting homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgender identity.

Legislators passed the bill in its first reading earlier this month and was expected to have its crucial second reading on Wednesday. If passed, it would then need to be approved in a final reading seen as a technicality.

But the bill's author told Russian news agencies on Tuesday the second reading was likely to be postponed until after parliamentary polls on December 4.

The Russian LGBT community is obviously very troubled by the latest events.

The portal Gay Country RU posted a video reacting to Russian oppression of LGBTS

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. While the State Department is ethically and morally correct in its criticism, people crafting such statements as this should be wise enough to know that criticizing countries like Russia and China on human rights issues usually will just cause them to dig in their heels. Such countries are too big and too strong to lecture to.

    It makes more sense to do as the UK did and threaten to cut off aid to countries that enact really extreme homophobic policies, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa, where the threat might actually make a difference.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 30, 2011 12:04:45 PM

  2. OK if anybody is casting for a horror movie that Russian guy is a shoe in. Maybe the anti gay people can use him, because I'm pretty sure if I looked at his pic for 10 minutes I wouldn't be gay anymore. I think my sexual organs would just shrivel up and fall off.

    Posted by: MKe | Nov 30, 2011 12:12:37 PM

  3. GET OVER it Russia. Not only should we condemn the Red State but we should cease all funding, if we are providing any, to the Country and limit our relationship. As long as they discriminate against Gay people they should not be America's friend.

    Same goes for Nigera. Contact your Congresspeople and demand they cease and desist funding anything in Nigera and offer any gay person in Nigeria immediate assylum in the U.S.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Nov 30, 2011 12:23:36 PM

  4. I don't think the Russian government is that far removed from the former Soviet government in its treatment of certain minorities like its LGBT community. Furthermore, it appears Putin will again be elected Russian "dictator" in the upcoming Presidential election. Too bad the Russians didn't seize the opportunity to really free themselves from their Communist past in so many areas of life.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Nov 30, 2011 12:36:24 PM

  5. Okay, maybe it is just me, but I have gotten a distinct gay vibe from Vladimir Putin ever since he bullied his way to the front of the line all those years ago.

    Anybody else?

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Nov 30, 2011 1:08:16 PM

  6. "GET OVER it Russia. Not only should we condemn the Red State but we should cease all funding, if we are providing any, to the Country and limit our relationship. As long as they discriminate against Gay people they should not be America's friend."

    A new chapter to aid arrogance. Latest target: Russia.

    OS2Guy, you should know the Russian military has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world. It is not in any country's interest to antagonize Russia, specially because of something as SUPERFICIAL as gay rights. I'm a gay man, I'm in favour of gay marriage, against obsolete anti-gay laws -- but it is foolish, incrediblt foolish, to ostracize any one nation because of gay rights alone; this is specially so when it comes to a country as important to world stability as Russia.

    Plus, I think Russians would laugh off at your suggestion that it cease receiving US funding. Russia has a very low public debt to GDP ratio. I don't think it is overly dependent on aid by any one country. Moreover, Russia is a major buyer of US Treasury bonds. The US probably depends more on Russian financial assistence than the other way around.

    Posted by: hoho | Nov 30, 2011 1:22:35 PM

  7. Having Dolgov as head of the Ministry is like having Bull Conner as the head of Human Rights

    Posted by: chuck | Nov 30, 2011 3:04:27 PM

  8. The US State Department better throw it down against the Russian Foreign Ministry. It can't let Russia talk to them like that. And to everyone who doesn't think taking a hard stance works, remember who won the Cold War.

    Posted by: Diego | Nov 30, 2011 4:05:48 PM

  9. Wow, Russia, huh? Go fig.

    Posted by: ophu | Nov 30, 2011 8:01:56 PM

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