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First Tourists Arrested Under Russian's Anti-Gay Law; Russian Bishop Claims Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Sign Of The Apocalypse'

Several pieces of disconcerting news out of Russia today. Officials in that country have arrested three Dutch tourists today under its new anti-gay "propaganda" ban.

6a00d8341c730253ef01901de626d6970b-200wiGayNZ reports:

The Dutch trio are the first tourists to be told they have 'violated the rules of stay'. They were arrested in Murmansk, and Gay Star News says unconfirmed reports suggest they were helping gay activists in the city protest Russia’s position on human rights. They have been told they have broken the law of ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ propaganda among children, which was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin last month.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday morning Russian time (late this afternoon in New Zealand). The Russian LGBT Network is providing legal assistance.

That wasn't the only bit of anti-gay news out of Russia today. Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church and a strong supporter of the "propaganda" bill, told parishioners this morning that same-sex marriage is leading to the end of the world.

KirillAccording to News.com.au, he said: "'This is a very dangerous sign of the apocalypse ... It means people are choosing a path of self-destruction,' Patriarch Kirill told churchgoers at Kazan Cathedral in Moscow's Red Square on Sunday."

Finally, in a just published NYT op-ed, Harvey Fierstein took on Vladimir Putin and his hateful policies, writing that the Russian president "has declared war on homosexuals. So far, the world has mostly been silent."

He concludes:

Mr. Putin’s campaign against lesbian, gay and bisexual people is one of distraction, a strategy of demonizing a minority for political gain taken straight from the Nazi playbook. Can we allow this war against human rights to go unanswered? Although Mr. Putin may think he can control his creation, history proves he cannot: his condemnations are permission to commit violence against gays and lesbians. Last week a young gay man was murdered in the city of Volgograd. He was beaten, his body violated with beer bottles, his clothing set on fire, his head crushed with a rock. This is most likely just the beginning.

Nevertheless, the rest of the world remains almost completely ignorant of Mr. Putin’s agenda. His adoption restrictions have received some attention, but it has been largely limited to people involved in international adoptions.

This must change. With Russia about to hold the Winter Games in Sochi, the country is open to pressure. American and world leaders must speak out against Mr. Putin’s attacks and the violence they foster. The Olympic Committee must demand the retraction of these laws under threat of boycott.

Very well put.

Read Fierstein's full op-ed here.

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  1. With a hat like that, do people actually take seriously anything that Kirill guy says!?

    Posted by: Tom | Jul 21, 2013 11:55:17 PM


  2. Uh, yeah...the end of the world. Well good luck with your apocalypse, buddy. As for me, my guy and I will be shopping for a new sofa and maybe getting a bite at the Cuban place around the corner.

    Posted by: James in Hollywood | Jul 22, 2013 12:02:42 AM


  3. The Russian Orthodox Church is a corrupt nest of individuals with links to Putin's administration. Bribery and political favors are endemic. If Jesus were to return to Earth, it wouldn't surprise me if he disowned the Orthodox Church.

    Posted by: Adam | Jul 22, 2013 12:29:23 AM


  4. Where are the racists on this post? Why no boycott posts? I wonder what makes this different from other posts about cultures of homophobia?

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Jul 22, 2013 12:39:22 AM


  5. Sugarrhill: "Why no boycott posts?"

    What does Russia make? The only thing I might actually have purchased is PPV Olympic events next year.

    Does vodka even come from there any more?

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 22, 2013 12:54:28 AM


  6. Boycotting these Olympics by not going is a protest that would not be noticed unless half the people did it, and that isn't going to happen. And no one can expect athletes who have been training for years to do it either. I'm really, really hoping that gay athletes from around the world will get together and do something that goes all over international TV and other media. Anyone remember the 1968 Mexico City Olympics?

    Posted by: emjayay | Jul 22, 2013 1:19:59 AM


  7. Yes some vodka does come from there, but boycotting it would be ineffective. Not exactly the same as boycotting lettuce in the 70's.

    Posted by: emjayay | Jul 22, 2013 1:22:43 AM


  8. Are russians really this stupid? do they really believed that gayness can be indroctrinated? To Putin: girl, please.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 22, 2013 1:30:29 AM


  9. Sochi must be boycotted!

    Posted by: franklin | Jul 22, 2013 1:47:47 AM


  10. Is anyone the least bit surprised that Putin is having this law enforced? Now that he has it on the books, he will start making public examples of people.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | Jul 22, 2013 2:22:40 AM


  11. Don't buy Russian. Don't go there on holiday.

    OH wait. Nobody does anyway.

    Posted by: Betty Treacle | Jul 22, 2013 3:12:14 AM


  12. Boycott RT news, Russia Today, voice of the Kremlin. Putin's anti-american propaganda.

    St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is on East 97th St near Central Park. It needs to be gayed up.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jul 22, 2013 3:55:04 AM


  13. Boycott Russian Olympics. This issue is more important than how long the athletes trained.

    Posted by: Richard | Jul 22, 2013 4:01:54 AM


  14. The Russian Orthodox Church had a death grip on Russia before they were suppressed by the revolution. Looks like, "They're baaack".

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Jul 22, 2013 4:10:29 AM


  15. Most of the "Gay sports" are in the summer Olympics, but figure skating and ice dancing would lose half their TV appeal if no Gay men showed up.

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 22, 2013 4:32:13 AM


  16. do NOT visit Russia!

    Posted by: Reality | Jul 22, 2013 7:02:33 AM


  17. So essentially, anyone out, even visiting, will be arrested?

    Wow. Welcome to the Dark Ages.

    Posted by: Rad | Jul 22, 2013 7:07:57 AM


  18. FU Russia....and your 2013 Nazi regime

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jul 22, 2013 7:39:55 AM


  19. And we need to make russian language illegal in the US. It's the devil's backwards langauge and it confuses american children. B is V and 3 is Z and P is R and backwards R is Ya! Arrest anyone who speaks russian.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jul 22, 2013 8:19:56 AM


  20. Such sad news, but in Russia anything is possible. Lot of poverty (which means angry people that are manipulated easily) and apparently there aren't any positive gay role models there, or so I assume because it seems this redigilous gay propaganda law seems to be pretty well accepted by the Russian people.

    I live in Finland, next to Russia, but I have really no idea of the culture there, except that there's lot of corruption and lots of smoke and mirrors to hide what's really happening. This gay propaganda law is probably about something else, some power play or whatever. It's just so easy to target an easily-hateable minority and make them look guilty of many things to get the votes of the people.

    Actually the acceptance of gays reminds a bit of the situation here in Finland. There was a study few months ago about the acceptance of gays in the last century here in Finland, and it said that gays were really never portrayed in positive manner in the films or media. So if people didn't have any real relationships with gays they just didn't understand what it was all about. Unfortunately at the moment there still are lot of those negative feelings among gays here, but naturally our situation is from another planet when compared to Russia. Even if he lost we still had a gay man run for president in the last election and he got to the final round.

    But I can't help but wonder how absolutely essential it is to have positive, and with that that I mean just normal people, gay characters in the films and tv shows to just show the masses that we are not that different from the straight people. Hopefully Russia gets there, but with Putin's administration it's hard to know if it will happen.

    Posted by: kode | Jul 22, 2013 8:52:40 AM


  21. Judging from the picture I'd say the "bishop" is a sign of the apocalypse.

    Posted by: Gigi | Jul 22, 2013 9:00:19 AM


  22. I think it is safe to say no governments are going to help us in this situation. Not USA not Canada, UK, China. No one is going to intervene on behalf of gay citizens so it is going to be up to us to band together and make noise so this does not escalate into something much larger. Do you want to be free or do you want to have our descendents learn of the Rudolf Brazda's of the 21st century?

    Posted by: Jeff | Jul 22, 2013 9:11:42 AM


  23. Kirill sounds like an alien parasite.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jul 22, 2013 9:18:05 AM


  24. Never understand the hypocrisy of these far right religious nuts. They really don't care about other people, but they like to tell you how you should live.

    Posted by: Will | Jul 22, 2013 9:33:13 AM


  25. What is frightening is that if one removed the word "gay" and substituted any other group - Jewish, Islamic, black, Hispanic, Asian - there would already be an international uproar.

    I hope that a brave, gay, American couple will go to Russia on vacation. Stay in the same room, walk down the street holding hands, and kiss publicly. Let's see what happens. Will they get jailed or expelled? That would create the kind of flash point that would alert the world.

    It will also be interesting to see how Russia deals with openly gay Olympic athletes. I assume that there will be another Matt Mitcham.
    If a gay athlete is seen kissing his/her partner, would they be expelled?

    This must be clarified before the Games start. Russia will probably not enforce the rules during the Olympics. So, it is incumbent on gay athletes from all of the participating countries to make their voices heard.

    How about every gay athlete wearing a rainbow patch on their uniforms during the opening events?

    Posted by: gr8guya | Jul 22, 2013 10:09:27 AM


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