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Russian President Vladimir Putin Defends Anti-Gay Laws in Speech to Parliament: VIDEO


As part of a wide-ranging speech to both houses of Parliament, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended the country's bans on 'gay propaganda' and portrayed Russia as "a force for peace and morality" according to the Guardian:

In an apparent reference to the laws banning "propaganda of non-traditional relations", the Russian president said that on the international arena Russia sees itself as a defender of conservative values against what it is considers as an assault of "genderless and fruitless so-called tolerance" which he said "equals good and evil".

He said Russia will oppose attempts to impose foreign political ideology on sovereign countries. Such attempts, Putin stressed, often lead to destruction and bloodshed, citing events in the Middle East and North Africa as an example.

The state-run network RT's report on the address with excerpts, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Oh look, The Little Man bought himself a TV network to launch his LGBT Genocide from. Probably bought it cheap fom Berlusoni. Wonder if NBC will carry the news stories?

    Posted by: Q | Dec 12, 2013 7:41:46 AM

  2. Ass.

    Posted by: FFS | Dec 12, 2013 7:53:45 AM

  3. Putin talking about morality is like Hitler celebrating Hannukah..

    Posted by: ASam | Dec 12, 2013 7:58:26 AM

  4. Russia is completely corrupt and host to many societal ills - yet - they are the bastion of "traditional values."

    It's sickening.

    Posted by: Roger | Dec 12, 2013 8:05:34 AM

  5. Putin is not a 'conservative' - he is a fascist dictator.

    Coca-Cola; McDonalds; Visa; Procter and Gamble; NBC are collaborating with fascism.

    Posted by: MaryM | Dec 12, 2013 8:38:09 AM

  6. It's no wonder America's anti-gay bigots just LOVE Putin and his reconstituted USSR - it's the "Traditional Relations" capital of the world (so says the great dictator himself). Furthermore, it's brought to you by countless American and European companies which help keep Putin, his Duma and his political cronies in absolute power.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 12, 2013 8:57:37 AM

  7. He's covertly claiming the Indian Supreme Court as his own. He leaned on the Indian government and this is his way of declaring himself at the head of a new industrial and social alliance against the USA and Europe. one day later, he's swaggering about claiming he's the leader of the 'Traditional' (who needs freedom?) world. watch as he inches closer and closer to China now.

    The West failed by not allowing freedom and democracy to translate into material benefits for the world's poor. Now the fascists will steal the whole lot out from under us.

    Posted by: Chaz | Dec 12, 2013 9:07:34 AM

  8. I used to enjoy the different perspective in new from RT (Russia Today) until I learned that it was just a mouthpiece of the increasingly fascist government.

    Kinda takes the fun out of it.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Dec 12, 2013 9:07:47 AM

  9. Hitler wannabe

    Posted by: Sean | Dec 12, 2013 9:18:49 AM

  10. Russia. A force for 'peace and morality.' Baw haw haw.

    Posted by: sundayboy | Dec 12, 2013 9:37:36 AM

  11. Wonder if Johnny Weir will be giving him a lap dance in February.

    Posted by: homer | Dec 12, 2013 9:43:57 AM

  12. I didn't know dictators had to justify their actions by giving speeches.

    Posted by: Jack M | Dec 12, 2013 10:15:46 AM

  13. If Russia wants to be a force for peace and morality, then I suggest strongly that Mr. Putin resign at once and let someone of a much more benevolent nature take over the reins of Russia.

    Posted by: David Drom Canada | Dec 12, 2013 10:18:33 AM

  14. Among the other lies BURIED in his "state of the state" speech which nonetheless is what the Russian media focused on is that "he is NOT trying to tell anyone how to live." Ha! How about not live?

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 12, 2013 10:35:31 AM

  15. @MARYM: Same difference.

    Posted by: FFS | Dec 12, 2013 11:53:33 AM

  16. Tsar Peter the Great must be spinning in his grave. Russia continues its implosion into a hyper-xenophobic, homophobic, crony-capitalist theocracy. Perhaps we can encourage our Tea Party that they might want to consider mass emigration to Russia which is becoming the reactionary, oppressive, repressive paradise that, thus far, they have failed to establish here.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 12, 2013 12:05:05 PM

  17. Here's a translation that gives more context to Putin's comment:

    The bizarre thing is that he quotes the religious philosopher Berdyaev, who while he indeed praised conservatism also said the point of love was to attain an "androgynous union" and praised "so-called unnatural love and unnatural forms of intercourse" because they could sometimes be higher than the "natural."

    Posted by: KevinVT | Dec 12, 2013 12:25:09 PM

  18. Holding Darfur up as an example of how society should behave? Really?

    Posted by: Rad | Dec 12, 2013 12:34:21 PM

  19. This man is obviously insane. AND crazy like a fox.

    He's the picture of mental instability and self-deception.

    Very scary and sad. Sad for the people he's destroying, and scary that our government is still sending its money and athletes to this place.

    Posted by: YSOSERIOUS | Dec 12, 2013 4:44:35 PM

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