Tag Archives: Russia

Moscow Mayor Promises Snow-Free Winter

The mayor of Moscow has vowed to spend millions on cloud-seeding technology to ensure that this winter’s storms drop the bulk of their snow outside of city limits. For just a few million dollars, the mayor’s office will hire the Russian Air Force to spray a fine chemical mist over the clouds before they reach the capital, forcing them to ...

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Moscow: Hillary Attends Unveiling Of Statue Honoring Gay Poet Walt Whitman

Today Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended the unveiling of a statue of gay poet Walt Whitman at Moscow State University. But local Russian LGBT activists are disappointed the Clinton did not use the opportunity to denounce the homophobia of the Russian government. Russia’s leading gay activist said Wednesday that he was disappointed that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ...

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Seattle: Hundreds Rally Against R-71

Several hundred anti-gay protesters, including many Slavic Eastern Europeans, rallied in Seattle yesterday to urge the defeat of Referendum 71, which would uphold Washington state’s new domestic partners law. From children to families to the elderly, a couple of hundred demonstrators, speaking both English and Russian, gathered in Lynnwood on Saturday, carrying signs saying “Protect Children” and “Reject R-71.” “It’s ...

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Gay Activists To Picket Obama In Moscow

Well, this is a switch. Gay activists in Moscow say they will seek permission from the city authorities to stage a picket supporting same sex marriage, in both the United States and Russia, in front of the US Embassy in Moscow on July 7 during the State visit of President Obama in the Russian capital. And they will be using ...

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OMOH

Troubled Diva points out that the acronym for Russia’s riot police is the mirror image of “homo”, an irony probably not lost on the dozens of gay activists arrested this morning at Moscow Pride. OMOH’s motto: “We know no mercy and do not ask for any.”

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Police Break Up Moscow Pride, Peter Tatchell Among Arrested

In an embarrassment for Eurovision organizers, Moscow police are cracking down hard on today’s gay pride parade. Between 20 and 40 activists have been arrested at Slavic Pride in Moscow by anti-riot police, early reports indicate. According to a statement released by Pride organiser Nikolai Alekseev, violence was used to break up the peaceful march, which had been banned by ...

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Gay Fans “Not Safe” At Eurovision

Gay fans traveling to the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow this weekend are being warned that extremists are planning to “roam the streets” of the city looking for homosexuals to assault. Via the Guardian UK: [T]here is now a distinct possibility that Russian nationalists and neo-Nazis will once again beat up gay demonstrators – as well as visiting Eurovision fans ...

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Dutch Eurovision Entry Threatens Boycott If Moscow Police Stop Gay Pride Parade

Russian gay activists have asked contestants at this weekend’s Eurovision Song Contest to boycott the finals if Moscow police attempt to interfere with the gay pride parade on that day. The lead singer of the Netherlands’ entry, The Toppers, is the first to agree. Dutch singer Gordon has said he will boycott the Eurovision Song Contest if Moscow police use ...

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Russian Activists Found Guilty Of “Popularizing Homosexuality”

Gay activists in Russia have been found guilty of “popularizing homosexuality” for demonstrating with pro-gay posters. A court in Ryazan has found the organizers of two public events protesting homophobia guilty of popularizing homosexuality and ruled they be fined 1,500 rubles each. Nikolay Bayev and Irina Fet were found guilty of popularizing homosexuality among minors and the court ruled to ...

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Moscow Pride To Coincide With Eurovision

LGBT activists in Moscow have shrewdly rescheduled this year’s pride events to coincide to that city’s hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest, guaranteeing them a global stage should the Russian government follow through on its promise to once again ban their celebration. Activists said they would ask contestants to support gay rights by wearing lapel pins onstage on May 16, ...

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Faces Of Hate

Some of today’s anti-gay protesters in San Francisco were bussed in from the Sacramento area’s massive Russian/Slavic community, many of whom belong to the extreme right-wing organization Watchmen On The Walls. The group was co-founded by the former California director of Focus On The Family and Latvia-born preacher Alexey Ledyaev. The Watchmen are listed as a hate group by the ...

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In Which New York Joins The EU

The Wall Street Journal reports that Russian media is giving a lot of attention to a local academic who is predicting that the United States will collapse by 2010 in a civil war brought about by “mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation.” Prof. Panarin, 50 years old, is not a fringe figure. A former KGB analyst, he is dean ...

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Trademarked ;-)

Some guy in Russia has trademarked an emoticon. How much would you pay for a ;-)? A Russian businessman has trademarked the emoticon or combination of punctuation marks used to convey a wink in text messages and e-mail. Oleg Teterin, president of the mobile ad company Superfone, said Thursday he doesn’t plan on tracking down individual users following the decision ...

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Moscow’s Mayor To Gay Eurovision Fans: Stay Off The Streets

Gay pride organizers in Moscow remained defiant even after their mayor used a Eurovision ceremony yesterday to warn homosexuals to stay off the streets during the famously loved-by-gays song contest. The Mayor of Moscow has used a Eurovision Song Contest ceremony to warn gay people visiting the city for the event next year that they are not welcome on the ...

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BREAKING: Russia Invades Georgia

Shit! Georgia’s president said Friday that his country is under attack from Russian tanks and warplanes, and he accused Russia of targeting civilian populations as tensions over the breakway Georgian region of South Ossetia appeared to boil over into full-blown conflict. Russia’s Channel 1 shows heavy tanks purported to be on their way to South Ossetia. “All day today they’ve ...

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Gary Kasparov & The Flying Penis

I think they were trying to protest his anti-Kremlin speech. Or something.

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Moscow Pride Banned For Third Year

For the third straight year, Moscow’s mayor has banned gay pride. The homophobic Mayor of Moscow has banned this years gay pride event. The Mayor, who has referred to gay rights marches as “satanic” has outlawed the march which was due to take place next week. The move comes amidst a growing number of violent threats from members of the ...

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Moscow Pride Crosses Fingers

The organizers of Moscow Pride have invited the mayors of Paris, Berlin, and London to their event in the hopes forcing their local authorities to allow Pride festivities to take place and to act respectfully during the events. The organisers of Moscow Pride have invited the Mayors of London, Paris and Berlin to attend this year. Last year’s event was ...

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Putin: We Are Back In An Arms Race

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “It is already clear that a new phase in the arms race is unfolding in the world. It is not our fault, because we did not start it.” Putin is alarmed by U.S. plans to include Poland and the Czech Republic in a new missile defense shield. Putin: “In effect, we are forced to retaliate, to ...

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Vladmir Putin: Person Of The Year 2007

Russia president Vladimir Putin has been named Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year. Putin is not a boy scout. He is not a democrat in any way that the West would define it. He is not a paragon of free speech. He stands, above all, for stability—stability before freedom, stability before choice, stability in a country that has hardly seen ...

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