Putin Says ‘Gay Nazis’ Are Responsible For Demonstrations In Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin is using some not unfamiliar lingo to discuss the uprising in Ukraine:

PutinHe's even gone so far as labeling Kiev protesters who confronted the former pro-Russian regime in Ukraine "gay Nazis," says Matthew Schmidt, an assistant professor of national security and political science at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

The gay Nazis label was simultaneously an attempt to tie the new pro-Europe camp in Kiev to the hated German Third Reich while also taking advantage of the growing acceptance of gay marriage in the West, particularly in the United States.

"Putin has said homosexuality is not our values, and that sense of tolerance of homosexuality is not part of Euroasia," said Schmidt, who will be in Ukraine monitoring the May 25 elections that are being overseen by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Euroasia is the name for the empire Schmidt believes Putin is trying to construct. Schmidt says Putin is driven by the goal of rebuilding a Euroasian empire with Moscow as its capital.

'Gay Nazis', as opposed to angry citizens who didn't appreciate part of their country being annexed by the authoritarian James Bond villain next door.

The uprising is instead due to the fact that most Ukrainians wish to remain Ukrainians, even the ethnically-Russian ones. Said Olena Nikolayenko, an assistant professor of political science at Fordham and native of Ukraine,

"Russia is an economically backward, authoritarian state. What can it offer for residents of eastern Ukraine, except higher pensions for the elderly and higher wages for the security apparatus to maintain the police state?"


  1. JackFknTwist says

    The rhetoric of Russia, as led by Putin , has been heading this way for the last two years.

    Putin is a complete fascist , marching in the same footsteps as his predecessors.
    Typically he is pointing the fascist finger at everyone else.
    ” Gay Nazis”…..has he been listening to too much Scott Lively ?
    And underneath all this…..I have always thought he was a closet case.

  2. bkmn says

    It seems to be a mirror to the tactic NOM was using to fight same sex marriage – pit the gay and black communities against each other. The fight between the two groups will keep both at a disadvantage.

    Now Vlad is trying to do the same between the gays and the Nazi’s. The problem is that there is not much crossover between the two groups.

  3. Paul R says

    Interesting that the first five comments all called Putin gay (in one way or another) in what, in most any context, would be taken as a pejorative assertion.

    Eurasia, huh? I can count the number of Asian countries eager to join that effort on one finger, and I’m not sure that North Korea even deserves a finger (even my middle one). Might be able to get Burma and a couple of the more backward Central Asian republics to jump on that gravy train too, but that’s about it. I think Putin just wants the Soviet Union back.

  4. spg says

    Such name calling from Ivan the Terrible, or was it Stalin’s child bride…nah… It must be one of the mighty Khans in the Golden Horde making a come back. Tsk tsk…Who will the glorious 3rd Rome vilify next?

  5. Arrow says

    Putin sees no redeeming value of gays in a society. It is unfortunate that his opinion matters so much on the world stage — and not the Summer Stock stage.

  6. Markt says

    Beyond the gay part, his rhetoric should be very frightening to Europe. Eastern Europe should have their thinking caps on because a very large problem is brewing close by.

  7. TheSeer says

    Putin = Hitler
    Russia = Nazi Germany
    Gays = Jews
    Crimea = Sudetenland

    The only difference is that, unlike Hitler, Putin has a lot of nukes.

  8. MaddM@ says

    another reason why we should be taking the trillions and trillions of dollars we spend on the military and invest it into renewable energy sources so we can be energy independent. That would solve a lot of our foreign policy issues, which include a lot of “well we have to appease this awful regime because oil/gas” which would include Russia. I think western Europe would much rather buy clean energy tech from us than buy gas from Russia.

    We need to give Russia the Hellen Keller treatment- don’t see them, don’t hear them, we’re done.

  9. GreenSpirit says


    By the way, you do know that the Nazis persecuted gays too right? And when the Nazis lost the war, gays either stayed in the camps they were assigned or went straight to prison as nobody at that time, no “side”, valued gays as full humans. In the US, amazing contributions by the brilliant gay Alan Turing didn’t go unpunished.

    So when you say, “Gays=Jews”, that’s really unnecessary. You can say instead:
    “Gays1930s+ = Gays2014″.

    So the insinuation isn’t “It was the Jews’ turn then and it’s our turn now”. It’s “We already had ‘our turn’ then but apparently it’s already our turn again!” How sad is that?!

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