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Dmitry Medvedev Calls Russian Anti-Gay Oppression 'Non-Existent', Says Nobody Complains: VIDEO


Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spoke with CNNs Christiane Amanpour this week and was asked about Russia's anti-gay law and human rights abuses.

Medvedev says the complaints about it come from overseas and nobody complains in Russia, so really, the problem doesn't exist:

"Most of them, the commentaries, 95 percent of them or more, are being done from abroad...

...If you mean the situation with the anti-gay propaganda, draft law, law, the so-called untraditional values, I believe that this problem in our country is the concern of the significant part of people. That's the first. Second, I haven't almost heard the – that this law was applied in practice. There are many talks, but no application of the law, practical application. The third, in the difference from many countries where such relations are forbidden, in this country, the relations themselves are not forbidden at all legally. So I believe that this has nothing in common with the real situation in our country, the comments, I mean.

...And the rights of gays as well. I have seen no application in the internet from the Russian sexual minorities where they would write that their rights are violated....But the situation caused some disturbance in other countries. So I believe that this problem is partially non-existent.


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  1. No one complains and if they do, we take care of it.

    Posted by: Bubba | Jan 24, 2014 11:00:43 AM

  2. They needed to show him the appalling pictures so he could explain them. In a fascist regime when people can't speak they can still show their scars.

    Posted by: Felix | Jan 24, 2014 11:02:01 AM

  3. What a LIAR!!!

    Posted by: litper | Jan 24, 2014 11:02:40 AM

  4. Ugly, lying, fascist pig.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 24, 2014 11:03:26 AM

  5. "So I believe this problem is partially non existent." WTF does THAT mean?

    Posted by: jtramon | Jan 24, 2014 11:08:17 AM

  6. No one complains because it's illegal to complain.

    Posted by: Republican Wet Dream | Jan 24, 2014 11:10:33 AM

  7. Lying Nazi!

    Posted by: TheSeer | Jan 24, 2014 11:13:59 AM

  8. Let's see... If I complain, that not only lets you know who I am and that I'm gay, but also gives you a reason to detain me, torture me, possibly kill me or just erase me.

    Gee, I wonder why nobody complains?

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 24, 2014 11:22:09 AM

  9. well it's good to know, going forward, that Medvedev is delusional.

    Posted by: yup | Jan 24, 2014 11:23:06 AM

  10. Liar.

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 24, 2014 11:32:32 AM

  11. Makes me nostalgic for the good old Soviet days when religion was suppressed. Now that religion is back and out and about they have to go after somebody.

    Posted by: james st. james | Jan 24, 2014 11:32:41 AM

  12. Even some Russians complain. However complaining against the law is considered propaganda to. Same with Pakistini blasphemy laws, where criticizing the law is blasphemy.

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 24, 2014 11:59:02 AM

  13. Medvedev is scared of Vlad no doubt, I wouldnt put it past him to have a "taste tester" for all his Food Poisoning is Vlads MO

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jan 24, 2014 12:06:03 PM

  14. Putin's puppet says what?

    Posted by: sjorgl | Jan 24, 2014 12:38:08 PM

  15. Has anyone ever seen Medvedev talk while Putin is drinking a glass of water?

    Posted by: MikeMick | Jan 24, 2014 12:40:12 PM

  16. Seriously ?
    No one complains about the law ?
    I get posts of complaint every day from Russian gay groups denouncing the law.
    This guy is the same as the Right Wing loons who think because they utter an opinion it must be fact.

    And I fully agree with @ James St.James above, religion on the loose has brought hate, viciousness and thuggish nationalism on to the streets.
    Gays are the obvious scapegoats....

    I just hope all political figures and anyone who cares about human rights will continue to denounce fascism in Russia.
    And any sports man/woman who has a gay sister/brother/cousin/friend should make it their business to visibly wave or wear the Rainbow at Sochi.
    Let's have some solidarity.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 24, 2014 12:46:55 PM

  17. @Sjorgl - exactly. He's been a Putin puppet all along.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 24, 2014 12:47:15 PM

  18. The thing about authoritarian dictatorships is that you have to hear grown men talk like this every day.

    Posted by: sundayboy | Jan 24, 2014 1:23:47 PM

  19. Ministry of Truth.

    Posted by: Brandon h | Jan 24, 2014 1:37:54 PM

  20. Of course he would say that, but where are the LGBT Russians talking about gay rights?

    Posted by: Teef | Jan 24, 2014 3:21:07 PM

  21. Medvedev is Putin's butt wipe.

    Posted by: Richard | Jan 24, 2014 3:38:06 PM

  22. Sure, just like black people didn't complain when slavery was still legal. They were completely happy and had absolutely no reason to speak out against it.

    /end sarcasm

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jan 24, 2014 4:40:10 PM

  23. That's such a 5 yo response: sticking his fingers in his ears and going "lalalalalala, I CAN'T HEAR YOUUUUUU!"

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jan 24, 2014 5:27:05 PM

  24. So he is Vlad's submissive bottom?

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Jan 24, 2014 5:32:14 PM

  25. Horrifying.

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 25, 2014 8:03:54 AM

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