Tag Archives: Russia

RUSSIA: Appeals Court Upholds Moscow Gay Pride Ban For Next 100 Years

Moscow’s top court has upheld a century-long ban on gay pride events after an appeal from the nation’s most well-known LGBT activist. “On Thursday, August 16, the Moscow City Court upheld a ban imposed by the Moscow government on gay pride parades for the next 100 years, from March 2012 to May 2112,” Moscow gay pride parade activist Nikolay Alexeyev ...

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RUSSIA: Pussy Riot Found Guilty, Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

Female punkers and anti-Putin activists Pussy Riot were found guilty of “hooliganism” in a Moscow court today. Judge Marina Syrova said the women had “crudely undermined social order” during their action in February. The women say their “punk prayer” was a political act in protest against the Russian Orthodox Church leader’s support of President Vladimir Putin. Prosecutors are seeking a ...

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CANADA: Supporters Of Russian Punkers Demonstrate Inside Montreal Church

Clip description: Feminists from Montreal show complete and full support to Pussy Riot by entering a church too and praying for their liberation, for a feminist Virgin Mary, and to get rid from Charest, Poutine and all the fuckers. Police came, but an explanation of the performance was sufficient and they let them go. Montreal is definitely not Russia… Free ...

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ICELAND: Mayor Of Reykjavik Supports Jailed Russian Punkers At Pride Parade

That’s the mayor of Reykjavik on top of the float. The Moscow Times reports: Reykjavik Mayor Jon Gnarr rode through the streets of the Icelandic capital in a bright pink dress and matching balaclava to add his voice to calls to free three Pussy Riot rockers facing seven years in a Russian jail for an anti-government performance. In a brief ...

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Russian Gays Have Only Just Begun

Towleroad has the recap: Director Elias Koskimies sends us his short musical film “I’ve Only Just Begun” which he put together with more than 60 people who volunteered their time. The clip is set somewhere just outside of St. Petersburg, and is a stunning visual statement about LGBT discrimination, individuality, and gays fighting back against those who oppress them. Hauntingly ...

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RUSSIA: Madonna Supports Gay Rights At St. Petersburg Concert, Stays A Free Diva

As she promised on Facebook yesterday, tonight’s Madonna concert in St. Petersburg included a demand for respect for gay people. She was not arrested despite previous threats that she would be. Above is an excerpt from Madonna’s speech to the audience, via Madonna Tribe. Performing in black lingerie with the words “No Fear” scrawled on her bare back, Madonna urged ...

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RUSSIA: Madonna To Distribute Pink Wristbands Prior To St. Petersburg Gig

Earlier this year St. Petersburg authorities warned that they would arrest Madonna should she violate the city’s new law against “homosexual promotion.” From the above it’s apparent that Her Madjesty is going to go for it at tomorrow’s concert. As noted in a post several below this one, yesterday Madonna further drew the ire of the Russian government when she ...

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U.S. State Department Issues Warning About Madonna’s Concerts In Russia

At last night’s concert in Moscow, Madonna announced support for the jailed female punk band Pussy Riot, which is presently on trial for an anti-Putin concert staged in a church. Pop singer Madonna donned the trademark balaclava worn by punk band Pussy Riot during a concert in Moscow to demand Russia free three group members on trial for bursting into ...

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RUSSIA: Female Punk Band Pussy Riot On Trial For Anti-Putin Protest In Church

Some major Western pop acts such as Katy Perry and Pete Townsend have expressed support for Pussy Riot, whose members have been called “political prisoners” by Amnesty International and whose trial has riveted Russia. The impartiality of the below Russia Today report should be considered when viewing.

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RUSSIA: Orthodox Church Calls For Banning Facebook Over Marriage Icon

Earlier this month Facebook debuted a relationship status icon for gay couples. Now the Russian Orthodox Church is demanding that Facebook “stop flirting with sodomites” or else they’ll call for a national ban on the site. In just three days the activists managed to obtain 34,000 signatures, said the leader of the Orthodox public organization, Vladimir Roslyakovsky. The goal is ...

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RUSSIA: Police Arrest Eight Activists At Saint Petersburg LGBT Rights Rallies

Yesterday only a handful of brave activists defied the St. Petersburg ban on public pro-gay demonstrations and almost all of them were arrested. Three rally organizers were arrested Saturday at a park in Russia’s second city, and five others were detained at a later rally attempt near the landmark Smolny complex, Russian news agencies reported. Only six people showed up ...

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Moscow Bans Pride For 100 Years

A Moscow court has banned gay pride events for the next hundred years. Tverskoy district court ruled lawful the decision of the Moscow municipal government to ban public events that can be qualified as gay parades from March 2012 till May 2112. Nikolay Alekseyev, one of the leaders of the Russian LGBT community and organizer of gay pride events, told ...

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European Parliament Denounces Nations With Anti-LGBT Legislation

The 754-member European Parliament has approved a resolution denouncing nations with current or pending anti-gay legislation. The item specifically calls out Russia, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine. The UK’s Pink News reports: The resolution was adopted with 430 in favour and 105 against, saying it was “gravely concerned by developments which restrict freedom of expression and assembly on the basis ...

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RUSSIA: Violence From Christian Activists At Attempted Moscow Gay Pride Parade

Violence broke out in Moscow today when members of the Russian Orthodox Church attacked a small group of gay activists who were attempting to stage an illegal gay pride parade. More than 10 people were arrested outside the Moscow City Duma Sunday, where gay rights activists had planned to hold to protest a new law being discussed that would ban ...

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Russia & Japan Want Moon Bases

Move over Newt Gingrich, you’ve got company. At the Global Space Exploration Conference, which started on May 22 — the same day SpaceX successfully launched its Dragon capsule towards the ISS, which is why NASA administrator Charles Bolden was absent from the conference — Russia and Japan laid out their plans for space exploration, both focusing on Earth’s natural satellite. ...

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Russians In High Places

Just watching this makes my balls ache.UPDATE: About the bridge. The bridge to the Russky Island will be one of the world’s largest cable-stayed bridges, the 1104m long central span of which will establish a new record in the world bridge building practice. The bridge will also have the world’s highest bridge towers and the longest cable stays.

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Russian Activists Defy Law, Release Balloons On Day Against Homophobia

UDPATE: Commenters point out that things got ugly after the above clip was recorded. Several gay rights activists have suffered injuries after being assaulted during and after a chaotic demonstration in St.Petersburg. Dozens gathered in a city center park to mark International Day Against Homophobia. City authorities had sanctioned the demonstration, and a police unit shielded participants as they chanted ...

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Jesus Of Siberia

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RUSSIA: The Media Makes You Gay

According to a just-published poll, almost half of the people in Russia believe that gayness is acquired through exposure in the media. “Forty-seven percent of the respondents said media and propaganda were the key factors contributing to development of a person’s non-traditional sexual orientation,” the pollster said in a press release issued Thursday. Among other vital factors that impact the ...

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Full Video: Vladimir Putin’s Presidential Inauguration Ceremony At The Kremlin

Fascinating to see such stiff-legged pomp and circumstance. It all almost feels like a parody of the Soviet era.

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