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Author Of Russian Anti-Gay Law Goes After Critics

ElenaYelena Mizulina, chairperson of the Russian Duma’s Committee on Family, Women, and Children, who authored that nation's "Homosexual Propaganda" law which targets those who promote "nontraditional sexual relations" to children, has begun to target her opponents using the full investigative power of the Russian government, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. As previously reported, Mizulina has not only caused international outrage over the hateful anti-gay law, but more broadly, she has sparked an "active debate on what kind of sexual practices are regarded by the Russian authorities as "nontraditional," prompting Russian socialite and celebrity Ksenia Sobchak to make a joke at Mizulina's expense, echoing the belief held by many that Mizulina is "bent on eradicating oral sex in Russia":

"My husband and I … are thinking of filing our own suit against Mizulina for insulting our private family life. The phrase ‘oral sex’ is so firmly associated with Mizulina now that we no longer feel like having it any more.”

However, shortly after making the remarks, Sobchak was interrogated by Russian officials. It seems, however, she's not the only person on Mizulina's black list:

Journalists Yelena Kostyuchenko and Olga Bakushinskaya, as well as former Deputy Prime Minister Alfred Kokh, have also been questioned.

"Two lieutenant colonels from the Russian Investigative Committee clarified for three hours details about Mizulina's gay-oral phobias and my own relation to this," Kokh wrote on his blog.

SobchakSobchak said a dozen people are on what she branded the "Mizulina List."

Insulting an official is an offense in Russia that carries fines of up to 40,000 rubles ($1,200) and up to one year of community service. Libel is punishable by a fine of up to 1 million rubles ($30,000).

Internet users accuse the authorities of seeking to silence one of the last arenas of free speech in Russia.

The news agency Rosbalt says investigators asked for the names of journalists who have written about Mizulina and denounced the request as the first "attempt by a Duma deputy to interfere in the agency's editorial policies" in its 12-year existence.

Meanwhile comedians have had a field day with Mizulina's actions, with one even generating a petition to "check [Mizulina's] mental health":

An online petition launched by stand-up comedian Yury Khovansky, who is calling for the lawmaker to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, has already gathered more than 60,000 signatures.

If signed by 100,000 people, the petition will be submitted to the State Duma.

"What she is doing, and this 'Mizulina List,' is an unprecedented threat to freedom of speech," Khovansky says. "If people are now prosecuted and fined for expressing their opinion on the actions of officials -- who are actually elected by the people -- you can just imagine what will happen to media freedom and openness more generally."

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  1. it's unfortunate but what would you expect from Russia, reminds me of a quote someone wrote on a previous post:

    "First they came for the socialists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to speak for me."

    Posted by: vnv | Aug 15, 2013 8:59:19 AM

  2. wow, that hag Mizulina looks like she never had an orgasm before, what's wrong with her, is she a genophobe?

    Posted by: seriously | Aug 15, 2013 9:07:54 AM

  3. Russia has terrible demographics. It's a dying nation that at the moment is hanging on due to:

    Oil revenue

    Political influence it has due to it's oil exports, especially with western Europe [particularly Germany]

    It's mighty and powerful military, especially of course it's nuclear capabilities.

    Russian policy is to encourage as much procreation as possible to try an alter it's deadly demographic trend or negative population growth. In this respect they kind of remind me of the ancient Hebrews who knew they had to increase in numbers, which resulted in biblical 'laws' regarding men laying down with other men, etc.,

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 15, 2013 9:12:12 AM

  4. She has not had sex in 40 years, and she is ANGRY.

    Posted by: Stephen | Aug 15, 2013 9:12:51 AM

  5. Women tend to be very homophobic because male homosexuality proves that men are superior to women. Women especially fear the male homosexual act if it isn't segregated, hence their fear of bisexuality in men.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 15, 2013 9:18:38 AM

  6. Just as I suspected: the Russian thought police are alive and well as they do the biding of this sexless homophobic Duma hag. And we all thought the practices of the Gestapo, KGB and Stasi were history. Silly us.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Aug 15, 2013 9:19:35 AM

  7. A bisexual male represents de-segregated male homosexuality. Women fear this because it represents a de-shaming of the male homosexual act. Once we de-shame the male homosexual act, all straight guys will freely take part in homosexual acts, thus dis-empowering women.

    Women fear the fact that we can disempower them.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 15, 2013 9:26:23 AM

  8. Demagogues like Mizulina appeal to the lowest common denominator in a population by cynically playing on ignorance. She's obviously a know-nothing, very much like the multitude of such figures seen in today's Republican party. The good news is that they always overplay their hand--though it can take awhile--even longer in times of national anxiety, as in the post-911 US or in the increasingly dire situation in post-Soviet Russia.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Aug 15, 2013 9:28:21 AM

  9. You couldn't possibly make this stuff up, a parody within a joke wrapped in -- tee-hee -- smut. Thank you Mizulina, best laugh I've had all morning. I'd kiss you, but necrophilia never appealed to me.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Aug 15, 2013 9:31:37 AM

  10. WTF @ Brian

    someone feels inadequate. maybe you feel ashamed to suck d!ck, doesn't mean we all do.

    Posted by: you're a joke Brian | Aug 15, 2013 9:33:14 AM

  11. This whole situation is a disaster for Russia. Even if they get the Winter Olympics and the 2018 World Cup. The spotlight is on its intellectually challenged Government.

    Posted by: Rafael | Aug 15, 2013 9:33:55 AM

  12. I knew this post would be catnip for Jason/Brian. END THE BISEXUAL DOUBLE STANDARD! Derp

    An old hag may have authored Russia's hateful law, but it's men who are committing violent atrocities in Russia. Homophobia is not restricted to a particular gender.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 15, 2013 9:39:32 AM

  13. The idiot Brian posting this stuff is Jason/Rick/Alan etc. using yet another name. I have no connection to him other than a mutual hatred.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Aug 15, 2013 9:49:46 AM

  14. Alekseev was interrogated on the same charges yesterday.
    They're all being taken in and questioned for an hour or more about what they said on the net or twitter about oral sex and Mizulina.

    She needs to be put on the Magnitsky list AND banned from travel to Europe.

    Posted by: KevinVt | Aug 15, 2013 9:50:40 AM

  15. Crispy,

    Men may be committing anti-gay violence in most cases but it is women who direct it.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 15, 2013 9:52:02 AM

  16. Good god, it's a real life Dolores Umbridge.

    Posted by: Tigerama | Aug 15, 2013 9:56:37 AM

  17. Yelena, light your tampon. It'll be the only bang you'll ever get.

    Posted by: Frank | Aug 15, 2013 9:58:05 AM

  18. "Men may be committing anti-gay violence in most cases but it is women who direct it." - Brian

    you just validated what crispy said - "Homophobia is not restricted to a particular gender."

    so wtf was you're point, none! you're simply trying to stfu!

    Posted by: you're a joke Brian | Aug 15, 2013 9:58:17 AM

  19. It seems that perhaps in the same way that santorum became a word with new meaning all on it's own that mizulina is also ripe for redefinition...

    Posted by: Taylor | Aug 15, 2013 10:08:34 AM

  20. @Ratbastard Bery astute comments. However, I suggest that Russia also has leverage In Europe and its former Soviet bloc allies because of its exports of natural gas, of which it possesses huge quantities.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 15, 2013 10:15:12 AM

  21. you can be fined for saying something derogatory about an elected or public official in Russia? wow!

    even Joe McCarthy would be shaking in his boots with this woman! she makes his communist witch-hunts look tame. of course, he'd love the power she has...

    Posted by: mike/ | Aug 15, 2013 10:18:11 AM

  22. really who would have oral with her????? hahaha she is just a silly old cow how has probably never had sex EVER.

    Posted by: Terry | Aug 15, 2013 10:20:58 AM

  23. @Jamal49,

    Yes. They still can seriously blackmail their neighbors and the Europeans in various ways. And not just with oil and natural gas. Look what they did a while back with that plane crash that wiped out the Polish government. Accident? I doubt it. The Russians play hardball when they can. Their relations with the U.S. are very different from the way they interact with their neighbors and the Euros. With the U.S. they're passive-aggressive and try and bluff.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 15, 2013 10:44:07 AM

  24. Nazi whore

    Posted by: Sean | Aug 15, 2013 10:44:27 AM

  25. A hateful woman living in a hateful country. Sooner or later, all those in power in Russia will turn on each other.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 15, 2013 10:49:18 AM

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