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Gay Activists Attacked, Arrested in Russia as Passage of Homophobic Bill Looms: VIDEO

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Gay activists were arrested and attacked in Moscow on Tuesday outside the Russian State Duma as it prepared to take a final vote on a federal bill banning "gay propaganda", the AP reports:

Police moved in after supporters of the bill started showering the protesters with eggs and water. Some of the protesters who were not detained were viciously attacked by masked men on a central street a mile away.

RIA Novosti adds:

When some of the gay couples protesting against the bill to restrict “the promotion of same-sex relationships” started kissing, pro-bill activists responded by hurling eggs and bundles of nettles.

Some anti-bill protesters chanted “Moscow is not Baghdad,” while pro-bill demonstrators shouted: “Moscow is not Sodom.”

The riot police failed to contain the surging crowds, and several activists clashed in a fight. The police said that about 30 activists were detained, but did not indicate whether these were pro- or anti-bill protesters.

Protesters also held a kiss-in.

Reuters reports:

The gay protesters were far outnumbered by around 200 anti-gay activists who surrounded them, chanting “Russia is not Sodom”, singing Orthodox Christian prayers and crossing themselves. They threw rotten eggs at the gay protesters.

After scuffles in which one man was knocked to the ground and kicked by the anti-gay activists, police began detaining the gay protesters and bundling them into waiting buses.

Journalist and Putin critic Masha Gessen said she was among 24 people being taken to police stations. Moscow police said about 20 people were detained...

...The bill would ban the spread of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" among minors and impose heavy fines for violations.

Watch the kissing protest and its aftermath, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Some anti-bill protesters chanted “Moscow is not Baghdad,” while pro-bill demonstrators shouted: “Moscow is not Sodom.”


    Homosexuality and Lesbianism as Dangerous and Deadly, not just Immoral. That is the crux, and that is the attitude that needs to change.

    So: how does one change the stereotype of homosexuality and lesbianism as deviant and dangerous, into a stereotype of different but harmless?

    Posted by: Zeta | Jun 11, 2013 10:38:18 AM


  2. Dear God, what are the Russians going to do when they find out Putin is gay?

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jun 11, 2013 10:38:37 AM


  3. Hateful, sanctimonious, superstitious bigots. I saw where the Greek Orthodox in Northern Greece were performing the same kind of circus act. Throw eggs, chant nonsense, quote buy-bulls, and do whatever you can to screw with other peoples' lives. Religious people are so full of crap.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jun 11, 2013 10:40:27 AM


  4. I really admire those activists... it's an uphill battle fighting the bigots here, but in Russia, their own special brand of disgusting haters are helped by the government, and I won't be surprised if those that attacked the pro-gay demonstrators were in reality either government or assisted by them. Putin and his government are vile!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Jun 11, 2013 10:42:42 AM


  5. Seems religious institutions, like those in Russian and Greece, and their followers are insistent on returning their respective countries to the "dark ages" while their national governments support their homophobic actions. Sick, sad and perverted. No "age of enlightenment" exists in these and many other parts of this bigoted world (including portions of the US).

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jun 11, 2013 10:43:50 AM


  6. Outraged!

    Posted by: Teehee | Jun 11, 2013 10:49:06 AM


  7. What needs to change is for Russia to wake up and reject Putin and his band of religious thugs. Gay people are currently the favorite scapegoats, but until the Putin regime ends, progress on many levels in Russia will be at a dead end. It's sad to watch Russia moving steadily backwards from the 90s.

    On a side note, the HBO doc on Pussy Riot that aired last night is a related glimpse into the abhorrent absurdity that is present-day Russia. Interesting viewing.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 11, 2013 10:54:21 AM


  8. This is deeply disheartening. The Russian people - along with most others - need to do as Ernie says. Not kidding.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 11, 2013 11:31:51 AM


  9. Poor Russia, its like living in the 1700's with their Dictator at the helm. Glad I am an American.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 11, 2013 11:56:21 AM


  10. What a horrible place with such horrible people in it.

    There will be some amazing art springing out of this.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 11, 2013 12:01:17 PM


  11. As the GLBT (and so many more) communities in the Western Democracies gain their rightful place in the countries in which we live (and many of us still have a long fight ahead), will we grow complacent or will we remember our brothers and sisters in the many countries where equality is still only a far distant dream? The war against some of us is a war against us all.

    Posted by: StevyD | Jun 11, 2013 12:27:45 PM


  12. The 90s were a dark age of Russia. Austerity was killing millions of people. They view it badly when their people were exploited, in connivance with the West. You view it positively. That will never change.

    Posted by: @Ernie | Jun 11, 2013 1:02:49 PM


  13. The 90s were a dark age of Russia. Austerity was killing millions of people. They view it badly when their people were exploited, in connivance with the West. You view it positively. That will never change.

    Posted by: @Ernie | Jun 11, 2013 1:02:52 PM


  14. The 90s were a dark age of Russia. Austerity was killing millions of people. They view it badly when their people were exploited, in connivance with the West. You view it positively. That will never change.

    Posted by: @Ernie | Jun 11, 2013 1:02:52 PM


  15. The 90s were a dark age of Russia. Austerity was killing millions of people. They view it badly when their people were exploited, in connivance with the West. You view it positively. That will never change.

    Posted by: @Ernie | Jun 11, 2013 1:02:53 PM


  16. Russia, where if you can't win a debate in the light of day, just get the government to ban your opponent!

    Russia, where a lie becomes the truth by government proclamation.

    Russia, where the people have a deep seated need to be sheep. Czars, please tell us what to do! Communist, please tell us what to do! And now, Church, please tell us what to do!

    Pathetic.

    Posted by: bayhuntr | Jun 11, 2013 1:24:19 PM


  17. @Mike Ryan—I was thinking the same thing. And how timely that he and his wife have just announced their divorce (or separation).

    Where is the United Nations or other Western democracies on this issue when they are needed? In hiding, in denial? The whole free world (at least that part which is socially advanced) should be standing up against this obvious blow to basic human rights.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Jun 11, 2013 1:40:50 PM


  18. @Ernie: I wasn't talking about austerity or the inevitable chaos the sudden emergence of capitalism caused. I was talking about a 90s cultural renaissance that contained hope for LGBT Russians, whereas under the current authoritarian thug regime that hope for progress is gone. Right now is a dark age of Russia.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 11, 2013 4:00:20 PM


  19. This is bad.

    I also find it interesting that there is nobody calling the anti-gay protesters savages, brutes, apes, or monkeys. Instead there is talk about austerity and religion. I wonder what many of you would say if a similar article to this covered a country in Africa. Oh wait, it did and I've already read about the monkeys, brutes, savages, and apes many of you were so incensed by. Some of you are simply sickening to the core.

    Posted by: Willie Jones | Jun 11, 2013 5:09:45 PM


  20. Russia doesn't mess around. I wonder what American gays would do if met with strong arm tactics?

    Posted by: EB | Jun 11, 2013 9:59:48 PM


  21. I said it under the "Putin's divorce" post, and I'll say it again - Putin is NOT gay. He is a confirmed sexual predator, a pedophile with a predilection for young boys. Sex crimes, especially against children, go unpunished in Russia, if the criminal belongs to the ruling party. Russia's recent crack-down on various "sins" - LGBT, atheism, freedom of expression - is a smoke-screen to divert public's attention from the ongoing crimes of the government. They also aid in banning online discussions of Putin's crimes (including sexual ones) and persecution of those who engage in them. As a result, nowadays anyone can be prosecuted, not just opposition activists. It's enough to "Like" an anti-Putin or anti-church post to earn jail time. I predict that abortion bans and fusion of church and state will be next on the agenda.

    Posted by: Alex | Jun 12, 2013 5:36:20 AM


  22. Ernie: Russian people had many chances to change their country for the better - last one was a year ago - and they blew them all. Many Russians are intelligent, westernized, highly-educated and accepting people. But even the best of them don't accept personal responsibility for their own fate. They're not used to acting like citizens, and that's why all the attempts at democracy die...

    Posted by: Alex | Jun 12, 2013 5:44:20 AM


  23. While Europe and America are become more advanced, poor old Russia is marching backwards. Amazing to think it was ever thought of as a global competitor. The sign of a country in trouble and needing to distract its populace is when they start to pick on gay people. God help the lot of them.

    Posted by: Betty Treacle | Jun 12, 2013 7:41:57 AM


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