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Russian Lawmaker Says Gays Must Be Treated, Re-Educated

A regional Siberian lawmaker has announced he intends to set up a group to protect Russians from gay people, and says they must be treated and re-educated, RIA Novosti reports:

Alexander-Mikhailov“None of these people [homosexuals] are harmless, and they force us to defend ourselves,” said Alexander Mikhalov, a deputy in the Zabaikalsky region legislative assembly. “Real attacks on normal people are underway. We have to re-educate [homosexuals], or treat them. Homosexuality is a dead-end in Russia’s evolution.”

Mikhalov says action must be taken to address growing acceptance of homosexuality, and that action must be severe:

The idea of creating a group to defend citizens against homosexuals is supported by large swathes of society, Mikhailov claimed, adding that gay people were particularly “active” on the internet. “We must attract attention to this problem,” he said.

It is not the first time Mikhailov has made outspoken remarks on the issue. Last month he proposed regional legislation that would allow paratroopers and Cossacks the right to beat homosexuals with a leather whip in public places.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed a law to fine and punish anyone spreading "gay propaganda". He also banned gay adoptions by foreign couples. Earlier today we reported on a warning that gays traveling to Russia could face two weeks jail time before being deported from the country.

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  1. Russia's evolution? Russia is now on the same level of development as most African countries and sinking.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jul 9, 2013 1:22:59 PM

  2. How can ANYONE use the words Russia and EVOLUTION in the same sentence? This level of stupidity,ignorance and intolerance is unacceptable in 2013. Russia,the Russian Government and the Russian people are the ones in desperate need for re-education and they are going to get it sooner than later as they continue to show how truely barbaric and subhuman they really are by their actions and their words. If they want to emulate Nazi Germany then go for it but don't expect the world to sit by and listen to it. It's 2013 not 1943.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jul 9, 2013 1:25:06 PM

  3. Everybody: Stay the F away from mother Russia. I'd add much of Eastern Europe to the list. This is all due to an attempt to foster nationalism and pride after being so long under communism. And they're using [using each other I should say] the orthodox church, which is ultra traditionalist.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 9, 2013 1:35:51 PM

  4. Wow, what 4th century thinking. Amazing. Russia going backwards.

    Posted by: Tom | Jul 9, 2013 1:39:22 PM

  5. Old, white politician making decisions based on his fear, bigotry and ignorance. The only thing missing was the playing of the God card, and he could easily be a contemporary of Louis Gohmert, Rand Paul or Mike Huckabee.

    I think before we chastise Mother Russia, we need to look to clean our own house first.

    I still have NO interest in visiting there, just saying...

    Posted by: Rad | Jul 9, 2013 1:45:15 PM

  6. When did Russia get taken over by fundamentalist muslims?

    Posted by: Michael Heynz | Jul 9, 2013 1:48:07 PM

  7. @SFshown: The comment, "How can ANYONE use the words Russia and EVOLUTION in the same sentence?" misses something - "evolution" implies change, not progress in the sense of improvement over time. Just look at the software industry - they put out products that evolve with new releases, which initially improves the product and then degenerates to change for the sake of change, with the product sometimes getting worse with each subsequent release as the useless changes introduce more and more bugs.

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 9, 2013 1:49:32 PM

  8. Has Johnny Weir said anything about all the hatred in Russia since he's such a cheerleader for the country?

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Jul 9, 2013 1:56:07 PM

  9. When did Russia get taken over by fundamentalist muslims, christians,etc etc?

    Posted by: Michael Heynz | Jul 9, 2013 1:48:07 PM

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jul 9, 2013 1:56:41 PM

  10. This kind of behavior by Russia or any other country will make it a lot more difficult to move the world forward. We will need to be a lot more vigilant, the religious right will for sure use this as an example that we are deviant, and can be cured. They will say "see not everyone believes that gay rights are civil rights" Russia has diffidently returned to the forth century. They have a lot of company the Arab world, Africa, eastern block, southeast Asia, a large part of South America not to mention the Catholic Church, Moron Church, the religious right of USA, and a numerous amount to various wingnuts. Keep up the good work and maybe "We will overcome"

    Posted by: bructer | Jul 9, 2013 1:57:07 PM

  11. When are we going to hear about boycotting the Olympics????

    Posted by: Tom in SF Bay Area | Jul 9, 2013 1:57:47 PM

  12. Sick. If this sort of intolerance were exhibited towards any other minority, the Olympics would be in jeopardy. Why isn't a boycott being seriously discussed?!

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 9, 2013 2:03:01 PM

  13. Hmmmm... If it sounds like a nazi, an it smells like a nazi, and it LOOKS like a nazi....

    Posted by: Munro | Jul 9, 2013 2:05:40 PM

  14. When is Brian Brown going to Russia to open an office for his NOM International? Haven't heard much about his recent venture into the French anti-gay market.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 9, 2013 2:06:50 PM

  15. Russia lost its soul after the Revolution, they killed all their true artists and the intellectual class was ravaged by Stalin. They are at a disadvantage socially because they need to rebuild a free intellectual class that can call them on their bullsh*t without fear. In this current atmosphere that is really hard to do. Those who want justice in Russia will have to decide and be willing to give up their own happiness for the happiness of future generations. It will be a very long haul until Russia joins the civilized world in the way it treats all minorities, not just sexual minorities, but also political, religious and cultural minorities.

    So sad to think this is the land of Tolstoy and Pushkin...The revolution really did a number on Russia. Not that the Tsar was a saint...but at least there was cultural expression in a way that has not existed since.Communism, like Christianism, and Islamism has always been anti-gay, because homosexuals by their very existence invoke the kind of individualism and rejection of the group-think that Communism demands. The same sh*t happened in Cuba under Castro. Read Reynado Arena's autobiography, Antes que Anochezca.

    Posted by: pedro | Jul 9, 2013 2:12:40 PM

  16. a country where the hero of some people here =snowden praised and sought asylum in and the same's other hero glen greenwald called a flight TO freedom for snowden

    just saying

    Posted by: Moz's | Jul 9, 2013 2:21:01 PM

  17. That part of the world has a long and sorted history with totalitarianism and oppression. From the mongols to the tzars to Stalin, etc.; It's surprising that figures like this man, Putin, and the Orthodox Church easily filled the vacuum left by the Soviets. Hopefully, as the older generations leave and pressure from the west and far east increase more equality in the law will appear. That said, news stories like this are very frightening. I agree with what pedro said in his comment.

    Posted by: spg | Jul 9, 2013 2:22:13 PM

  18. If this doesn't give every single LGBT and supportive person, throughout the world, pause to actively boycott the olympics, their marketers, and advertisers, then I can only say that you deserve what is coming. Welcome to the Nazis 2.0. Orchestrated by Lively and Co.

    Posted by: Marc C | Jul 9, 2013 2:23:10 PM

  19. Russia didn't always believe in evolution. Look up Lysenkoism

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 9, 2013 2:26:14 PM

  20. What's next for Russia...barbed wire, guards with guns, and gas chambers?

    Posted by: Bryan L | Jul 9, 2013 2:31:10 PM

  21. @ Michael Heynz: this isn't fundamentalist Islam: this is orthodox Stalinism.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jul 9, 2013 2:53:08 PM

  22. It's funny that the height of russian civilization was under the emperors of the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Vodka, man.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jul 9, 2013 3:20:22 PM

  23. Hay look it is a Neanderthal speaking!

    The civilized world needs to be protected from Russia; time to build and ice wall!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Jul 9, 2013 3:37:24 PM

  24. Pseudo-intellectual thinking grounded in bigotry and immaturity. It's what a drunk does to get his way -- issuing "facts" that always support their thinking and ignoring real world facts.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jul 9, 2013 3:40:52 PM

  25. Russia has never been a bastion of human rights. The needs of the state have always outweighed those of the individual. I read an interesting story of a visit to England by the Czar's men to review England's punitive methods, as they heard they were very effective. This was in the 1700s and while down reviewing the toture methods the English used, one of the Russians wanted to see one of the toture devices in action and the Englishman says, we don't have anyone deserving of punishment. The Russian said, "that doesn't matter, use him, pointing to an English guard." Even in a country that used trture they recognized a form of individual rights. That view has really never been an ideal in any form of Russian government.

    Posted by: Jason B. | Jul 9, 2013 3:41:32 PM

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