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NYET To Russia's World Cup!

BY DAVID MIXNER

PutinBefore the Russian Olympics at Sochi, the international LGBT community attempted to warn the world of the brutality of President Putin and his punks. While human rights activists successfully made visible Putin's homophobia and hate-filled attitude towards his own LGBT citizens, the world refused to take any action against him. Corporate sponsors of the Olympics publicly expressed dismay while taking no action that would offend the Russian leader. It was tragic to watch the inaction of the world in the face of sheer hatred directed toward LGBT Russians.

Maybe now, after Malaysian Air Flight 17 and the arming of Russian separatists in the Ukraine, the world wished it had paid more attention to the warning given before Sochi. Russian forces are not only arming and inciting the Russian separatists they are actively bombing Ukrainian territory.

The litany of outrageous and unbelievable statements from Putin after the murder of the passengers on MH17 defies all decency. The callous exploitation of the victims, the grave robbers, and the failure of the Russian leader to condemn this mass murder should show the world all they need to know about Putin and his punks. The failure of decent citizens to visibly and strongly act in the face of this mass murder will only guarantee that the situation worsens down the road.

The time has come for the international community to stand up to Putin in every way possible. The European Union must step forward and stop choosing economic benefits over the bodies of those dying in the air and on the ground because of Putin's decisions. Failure of the Europeans to take a powerful stand will just lead to more instability and wide spread war and death.

2018There is an easy and powerful way to quickly show the world's disgust to the Russian policies.

The international community must insist that FIFA remove the World Cup games from Russia in three years. Corporations must abandon their sponsorship if FIFA refuses. Media giants must refuse to cover any Russian World Cup.

Can you imagine Russian troops fighting during the World Cup? How about LGBT Russians being beaten and terrorized by Putin's punks?

Corporate sponsors might have gotten off easy in Sochi but there is no question that they will be held accountable now. After MH17, there should be no more free ride for those who want to make money off such a despicable regime.

Now is the time to act. There is plenty of time to move the World Cup to a place of sanity. London has plenty of infrastructure left from its Olympic Games and could handle such a move. In fact, there are a number of places where the World Cup could be safely and capably hosted.

It is time to join together and loudly proclaim "nyet" to any Russian World Cup.


St. Petersburg Pride Rally Denied Permission Takes Place Without Violence

A Gay Pride event took place without any violence in St. Petersburg, Russia, last Saturday, reports The Moscow Times.

SppLast week, event organisers Ravnopraviye said that they intended to hold the rally despite officials denying a request for permission.

The rally happened on the Field of Mars square, a newly created free-speech zone in the city. While The Moscow Times said that 24 people took part, Queer Russia estimated the number to be around 150.

Police accompanied activists both to and from the rally.

During the rally, activists talked about the need to respect civil rights and thanked the police for their protection.

According to Pink News, some attendees were detained for carrying placards depicting images and sayings which fell under Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.

The law, signed by Vladimir Putin last June, bans the “promotion of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors.

At least six people were arrested at two gay pride rallies in Moscow last May.


Russia Designates LGBT Rights Group As A 'Foreign Agent'

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On July 21st, a court in St. Petersburg, Russia designated LGBT rights group Coming Out as a “foreign agent,” reports 76Crimes.com.

Organizations registered as "foreign agents" in Russia are subject to extra governmental audits and other measures that limit their efficacy.

Coming Out has been fighting the designation for 16 months.

Following the ruling, the group issued a statement on Facebook which reads in part:

"The label 'foreign agent' on all the public materials of the organization would be a sign for wider society that the idea of protecting the rights of LGBT people is something 'foreign', and, therefore unnecessary and even harmful. An organization registered as a 'foreign agent' would also be subject to extra governmental audits, and further measures that would limit its capabilities to work.

"'Coming Out' will appeal the court’s decision, but there is no guarantee that the organization will not be registered by the Ministry of Justice in the nearest future, as it happened also with five major human rights organizations.

"This decision marks an end of the 16-month saga during which 'Coming Out' invested considerable time, effort, and resources to explain to the courts, mass media, and the general public that defending universal human rights of Russian citizens is in the interests of those citizens, and of Russia. We are hoping that, regardless of the final outcome, this message was able to reach the hearts and minds of many people.

According to The Advocate, although Coming Out did not directly mention Russia's ban on "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" as the source of the initial complaint, reports suggest that the law has created an untenable situation for LGBT Russians.


Dutch Foreign Minister Delivers Angry, Emotional Address to the UN on MH17 Tragedy: VIDEO

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Frans Timmermans of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs , addressed the United Nations yesterday over the shooting down of MH17, which had among its 298 passengers 192 Dutch citizens (including one passenger with dual US-Netherlands citizenship).

Timmermans's speech reflected the anger and bewilderment the world is feeling over the incident and its aftermath, along with the emotion. Said Timmermans of the victims:

"Did they lock hands with their loved ones? Did they hold their children close to their hearts? Did they look each other in the eyes one final time in a wordless goodbye? We will never know."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via mashable - note: Timmermans is misidentified in the CSPAN embed as  Karel J. G. van Oosterom)

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Airliner Carrying Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black Makes Emergency Landing in Russia: VIDEO

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A Virgin Atlantic airliner carrying British diver Tom Daley and his boyfriend, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black made an emergency landing in Russia earlier today, according to posts on social media made by the couple.

Daley_blackDaley tweeted: "Scary to emergency land in RUS after recent events, yet no word on what problem is after hour surrounded by fire engines #VirginAtlantic"

Black posted video on Facebook of the plane dumping fuel, writing: "EMERGENCY LANDING into a Russian town. This was our view over Mongolia. #VirginAtlantic #ScaryAsHell"

Watch Black's video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Virgin Atlantic press office released a statement:

"Virgin Atlantic can confirm that the VS251 travelling from Shanghai to London Heathrow has diverted to Irkutsk Airport, Russia, as a precautionary measure due to a technical issue detected inflight. As standard procedure the aircraft disposed of excess fuel ahead of landing and the flight was met at the airport by the local emergency services.

The aircraft is currently on the ground and our customers are being looked after by our cabin crew. Our priority now is to ensure our customers resume their journey as soon as possible. Safety and security is always our top priority and we would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The Airbus A340-600 aircraft is carrying 286 passengers and 15 crew. It departed Shanghai at 12:18 local time and was due to arrive at London Heathrow at 17:14 local time."

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John Kerry Points Finger at Russia Over Downing of MH17: VIDEO

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Secretary of State John Kerry pointed fingers at Russia over the crash of MH17 over Ukraine.

Said Kerry:

"We know from intercepts ... that those are in fact the voices of separatists. And now we have a video showing a launcher moving back through a particular area there out into Russia with at least one missing missile on it....This is the moment of truth for Russia. Russia is supporting these separatists. Russia is arming these separatists. Russia is training these separatists. And Russia has not yet done the things necessary in order to try to bring them under control."

Watch Kerry on CNN's State of the Union and FOX News Sunday, AFTER THE JUMP...

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