Tag Archives: Russia

RUSSIA: St. Petersburg’s LGBT Group Responds To Signing Of New Law

St. Petersburg’s LGBT group has issued a statement in response to this weekend’s signing of the bill to outlaw the “promotion of homosexuality.” Authors of the law maintain that it is designed to “protect children from information that can harm their physical, intellectual, moral, and spiritual development”. The term “propaganda” is defined as any uncontrolled and targeted distribution of information …

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Eurovision 2012: Russia’s Babushki

OMG! Finally! THIS is Eurovision. Party For Everybody!

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Putin Will Destroy U.S. In World War III

It’s all right there in the Holy Babble.

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Russians Rally Against Putin

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Photo Of The Day – Chernobyl Control

Photojournalist Gerd Ludwig has documented the present state of the world’s most infamous nuclear power plant and the town that once surrounded it. Lots more fascinating (and grim) photos at the link, courtesy of the Boston Globe’s always compelling Big Picture feature.

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Russia: Don’t Go There

The activist group All Out responds to yesterday’s banning of the “promotion” of homosexuality by St. Petersburg. According to news reports, emboldened anti-gay forces are working to install a nationwide version of the ban.(Tipped by JMG reader Vivian)

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Activists Protest Globally Outside Russian Consulates Over St. Petersburg Ban

LGBT rights activists gathered around the globe outside of Russian consulates yesterday in protest of the ban on homosexual “promotion” in St. Petersburg, which was signed into law today. Head to AllOut’s Facebook page for photos from Paris, Berlin, Rio, New York and elsewhere.

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RUSSIA: St. Petersburg Bans Gay Pride, “Promotion” Of Homosexuality

The government of St. Petersburg, Russia today enacted a broad ban on any action that could be seen as “promoting” homosexuality. The new law also specifically links pedophilia to homosexuality. The law, passed in the third and final reading, imposes fines of up to $16,000 on individuals and up to $160,000 on legal entities for the promotion of homosexual, lesbian, …

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Russia Warns United States & Israel:
An Attack On Iran Is An Attack On Us

How’s that fallout bunker coming? Via Reuters: Russia would regard any military intervention linked to Iran’s nuclear programme as a threat to its own security, Moscow’s departing ambassador to NATO warned on Friday. “Iran is our neighbour,” Dmitry Rogozin told reporters in Brussels. “And if Iran is involved in any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security.” Rogozin …

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Gobachev: Putin Should Resign

As massive protests sweep Russia, former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev says that Prime Minister Vladamir Putin should resign. Gorbachev, 80, on Dec. 24 said Putin, 59, had been in power for too long after two terms as president and one as prime minister. “There shouldn’t be a monopoly of power, we don’t need any czars,” he told Ekho Moskvy …

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NEW YORK CITY: Russian Billionaire Buys Apartment For Record $88 Million

Remember when I mentioned that former Citigroup CEO Sanford Weill was selling his apartment for $88M? He found a taker. Now comes news that Ekaterina Rybolovleva, the 22-year-old daughter of Russian billionaire Dmitriy Rybolovlev, is buying the condominium. Rybolovleva is currently studying at an undisclosed U.S. university and plans to stay in the apartment when visiting New York. According to …

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Third Russian State Sees Anti-Gay Laws

The Russian oblast of Kostroma is considering legislation banning the “promotion of homosexuality.” Local activists say such laws effectively outlaw gay pride parades, gay publications, and gay websites. The amendments proposed by the the Committee on Labor, Social Policy and Health are to outlaw any action aimed to promote pedophilia, homosexuality (sodomy and lesbianism), bisexuality, transsexuality to minors. The parliament …

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PSA: Russians Against Gay Ban

UPDATE: Coming Out St. Petersburg reports. Today deputies of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg decided to postpone the hearing of the infamous anti-gay bill for the second time. The bill, banning so-called propaganda of “sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, and pedophilia to minors”, introduced by Putin and Medvedev’s United Russia party at the beginning of November, is an attempt …

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Russia Denounces U.S. For Criticism Of St. Petersburg’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

A spokesman for the Russian government has denounced the U.S. State Department for a statement made in opposition to St. Petersburg’s pending ban on all LGBT-related media and speech. “We view with bewilderment the American side’s attempts to interfere, what’s more, publicly, in the lawmaking process,” foreign ministry representative for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, told the Interfax news agency. He …

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RUSSIA: St. Petersburg’s Anti-Gay Bill To Be Considered On November 30th

As anti-gay laws continue to fester across Russia, activists in St. Petersburg report that a vote on the local “Don’t Say Gay” bill has been postponed until November 30th. Via the petition site All Out: Political leaders in St. Petersburg are about to vote on law that will make it illegal for any person to write a book, publish an …

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RUSSIA: St. Petersburg Considers Penalties For Sharing Pro-Gay “Propaganda”

St. Petersburg has become the third Russian city to consider imposing penalties for sharing materials that the government considers to be pro-gay propaganda. Pink News reports: The draft law introduces fines for what it terms the “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, to minors” and “propaganda of paedophilia”. Fines range from a minimum of 1,000 roubles (£20) for an …

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Russian Province Bans Gay Activism

The regional assembly of the Russian oblast of Arkhangelsk has banned the “public promotion of homosexuality” including any gay pride parades. An oblast is an administrative region similar to a province. The bill was titled “Measures To Protect The Morals & Health Of Children.” VIDEO: Russia Today covers the story.

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Sleepbox

The Sleepbox modular hotel has just debuted at Moscow’s airport. More photos and a promo video at the link.

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Russia Approves Tunnel To Alaska

Fascinating. The Russian government has given the go-ahead on an ambitious new tunnel project that could connect Siberia with Alaska via an underground rail line. If completed, the $65 billion project will be the longest underwater tunnel in the world, besting the Chunnel between England and France by twice the distance. The planned course would stretch over 65 miles and …

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RUSSIA: Popular Comedy Show Covers Gay Pride Battle With West Side Story Skit

The Moscow Times reports: Channel One’s mock news show “Yesterday Live” imagined what might have happened if City Hall had permitted the [gay pride] march and the two sides had gotten together to celebrate, in a surprisingly tolerant comedy sketch. A news reader in a satin jacket reads from a pink page against a gay rights flag. “It would be …

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