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Russian Lawmakers Face Travel Ban Call Over Gay Gag Rule

Russian Lawmakers Face Travel Ban Call Over Gay Gag Rule


LGBT rights groups in Russia have written to foreign authorities asking them to impose travel bans on Russian lawmakers that supported St Petersburg’s newly passed gay gag rule, it has been reported.

From Gazeta Ru:

Russia’s LGBT community activists have addressed the authorities of the EU, USA, Canada, Australia, France and Germany with a request to impose bans on entries to these countries for Vitaly Milonov, the author of the scandalous “anti-gay law” and Georgy Poltavchenko, St. Petersburg governor who adopted the law by signing the final draft, GayRussa website reported Monday.

“Milonov and Poltavchenko have disgraced Russia all over the world. They have turned our country and its “culture capital” into the medieval barbaric times, what that means is that there is no place for them in the contemporary civilized countries. Milonov and Poltavchenko do not share the values of democracy, freedom and human rights. They cannot be allowed to spread their homophobic views abroad,” the authors of the open letter to the EU and other countries wrote.

The St. Petersburg law is designed to prevent the “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism” under the guise of protecting children. The legislation includes a ban on gay positive messages in public and would serve to virtually ban gay pride events.

For breaking this law there is a fine of 5,000 rubles ($170) for individuals, and for officials 50,000 rubles ($1,725). The fine for legal entities is 500,000 rubles ($17,250).

St. Petersburg Governor Gregory Poltavchenko signed the bill into law earlier this month.

Now, Russian Orthodox Church officials have begun lobbying for the government to adopt a nationwide ban on the promotion of gay rights.

The European Union has already adopted a resolution “strongly” condemning the law.


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10:03PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Bravo, I won't be going to St. Petersberg this year.

4:58PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Money talks. No tourist money!

12:24PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

I fully support the bans - no one in their right mind should chose to visit a country with such medivial laws - if they could chose other much more liberal countries to spend their holidays in.
For similar reasons - I will never visit most Asian countries ever again. I completely condemn their lack of humanity towards their LGBT populations, women, children, animals and the environment.

5:31AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

I think this is a good idea. It is assisting the men to uphold their bigotry so should certainly not want to mix in countries where LGTBs are free and participating.

This should be applied to countries and men from such that deny rights to women. They should not be able to travel to talk freely with 'uncovered' women, look at 'uncovered' women, flirt at social events where women equal participants.
The problem with this though is that Europe's economy would suffer from the revenue lost on alcohol sales, wining and dining of both sexes in high class establishments - in a time slot - before returning to their country's rules of Islam.

4:16AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012


9:01PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

I was shocked to hear about Russian leaders condeming their own people for being gay. Russian leaders need to GROW UP and accept ALL of their citizens as equal members of their society. All Russian people should stand up and fight this discrimination.

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5:00PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

What a backwards step!

2:26PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

equal rights for ALL

1:04PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

equal rights!

12:42PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

"Now, Russian Orthodox Church officials have begun lobbying for the government to adopt a nationwide ban on the promotion of gay rights."

Why doesn't this surprise me?

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