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Vladimir Putin Says Russia Does Not Discriminate Against Gays


Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared in a press conference in Amsterdam on Monday and said that his country does not discriminate against gay people, Reuters reports:

"In the Russian Federation - so that it is clear to everybody - there is no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities. These people...enjoy all the same rights and freedoms as everyone else."

Tell that to Artem Kalinin:


Or this guy:


Or the protestors who got attacked by these people:


Or these activists with egg on their faces:


Or these demonstrators arrested last December:


Or the people attacked by men in masks on "coming out day":


In January, the Russian Duma passed a ban on gay "propaganda" in a 390-1 vote on its first reading:


But no, gays enjoy the same freedoms as everyone else, according to Putin.

And make sure not to miss my earlier post.

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  1. No one in Russia has any rights, not while Putin is the Dictator.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 9, 2013 11:01:10 AM

  2. Everybody has the same right to get beaten up by right-wing thugs

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 9, 2013 11:05:55 AM

  3. If Putin were to die I can honestly say I would be elated...

    Posted by: JD | Apr 9, 2013 11:06:53 AM

  4. Putin's hosts should have been more considerate of that Little Napoleon and given him a box to stand on.

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 9, 2013 11:07:48 AM

  5. Putin is a bald faced liar, and by posting what you have here, you have proven it. Thank you.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 9, 2013 11:19:21 AM

  6. Lying Nazi maggot

    Posted by: RMc | Apr 9, 2013 11:24:29 AM

  7. Putin is a dangerous dictator and egomaniac.
    Dictators are liars.
    Putin is a liar. His governments actions of oppression and censorship are well documented on public media including 60 minutes,etc. If he wants to do a press conference and pretend that the world isn't watching is INSANE...which is what him and some of these backwards 'countries' really in denial until reality smacks them in the face.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Apr 9, 2013 11:29:01 AM

  8. Look on the bright side. At least he admits that there are gay people in Russia unlike some other dicta-...democratically elected man.

    Posted by: Alan E. | Apr 9, 2013 11:31:24 AM

  9. He forgets we have the Internet, I guess. It must be a little confusing when you live in your own universe.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Apr 9, 2013 11:32:12 AM

  10. And there are no homosexuals in Iran. Got it.

    Posted by: Gigi | Apr 9, 2013 11:37:12 AM

  11. So Putin is a lying scumbag. Shocker. I feel immense empathy for the LGBT living in Russia. Their lives must be a living hell.

    Posted by: David in the O.C. | Apr 9, 2013 11:48:54 AM

  12. On several people are commenting that they lost their jobs because they are gay.

    Putin also said there's no problem with people "climbing up the career ladder" when they're gay.

    How do you then explain that there are basically NO out gay people in any visible position anywhere?

    Posted by: KevinVT | Apr 9, 2013 11:59:12 AM

  13. Yeah, OK. Him and Ahmadinejad can have lunch together and while Putin says that gays have equal rights, Ahmadinejad can sit and explain how lucky he is that there are no gay people in Iran. WOW. JUST. WOW.

    Posted by: C.J. | Apr 9, 2013 12:31:58 PM

  14. "Ve abuce effrybotty."

    Posted by: Lad Puta | Apr 9, 2013 12:35:00 PM

  15. Remember, Dubya looked into his eyes and saw his soul. So if that doesn't tell you everything you need to know......

    Posted by: ScoobyDoobya | Apr 9, 2013 12:36:32 PM

  16. The-"Art"-Of-Ruthless-Lying® by Wladimir Putin....

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | Apr 9, 2013 1:31:32 PM

  17. @Sean

    That man actually thinks he can fly with cranes! He lost his mind!!!

    Posted by: litper | Apr 9, 2013 2:55:02 PM

  18. Little angry man... (very little compared to Mark Rutte). Thanks for all the people in Amsterdam to protest his visit. He is not welcome anywhere.

    Posted by: Paul | Apr 9, 2013 3:20:25 PM

  19. He meant: In Russia everyone can be subjected to the violence and suppression. Well, in that sense yes, no one is safe there.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Apr 9, 2013 11:07:30 PM

  20. If someone else were saying it, this would be even funny, but like this it only makes me angry.

    Posted by: Nirgal | Apr 10, 2013 10:00:39 AM

  21. I think gay people suffering mental sickness. Why we should promote it ...normal people? In the animal world ..sick animals could be killed by other animals. Why do we should promote something which is absolutely abnormal? If you are a gay,,,be it,,,but don't scream about it in every corner. If somebody is mentally sick schizophrenia or bio polar...they don't go out and scream about it...society still don't accept this people. So gays should be more discrete and modest about it.

    Posted by: Julia | Apr 11, 2013 8:28:44 PM

  22. Putin - The best!
    I hate gay's!

    Posted by: Marvel | Apr 12, 2013 1:06:12 PM

  23. Europe will collapse, Russia will save the world, have respect for this man, Putin is a hero.

    Posted by: Supersmoke | May 28, 2013 12:33:41 AM

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