Tag Archives: Russia

Russian Bookies Want That Octopus

Russian bookmakers have offered €100,000 for Paul the Octopus, who accurately predicted the winners of six consecutive World Cup matches. “100,000 euros (about $129,800) was our starting price,” Oleg Zhuravsky, co-owner of Liga Stavok — “Bet League” in Russian — told CNN. He said the offer could be increased if need be — “We are bookmakers, after all.” Paul currently …

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RUSSIA: Police Arrest Activists At St. Petersburg Pride Rally

Five activists were arrested today at small gay pride rally staged in St. Petersburg, Russia. About two dozen gay and lesbian activists gathered in the tourist-packed courtyard of one of the world’s most famous museums, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, carrying banners and chanting “Homophobia is the country’s shame.” One of the organisers, Maria Efremenkova, said the Russian …

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Sweden Ranked Most Gay-Friendly Nation In Europe, Russia Finishes Last

The IGLA-Europe (European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) has ranked Sweden as the continent’s most gay-friendly nation. Via Rex Wockner @ Pink Paper: The new edition of the group’s Rainbow Europe Country Index says Sweden is the only European nation that passes all the group’s tests in areas such as anti-discrimination protections, recognition of …

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MOSCOW: Activists Defy Police, Stage Two Small “Flash” Pride Parades

Although the mayor of Moscow has banned gay pride parades for the last five years, today activists defied riot police and staged two small “flash” parades without incident. Strategic planning by the activists managed to keep the events below the radar of anti-gay nationalists and neo-nazis. For once. Two Gay Pride parades were held without arrests in Moscow on Saturday, …

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Moscow Pride Banned By Mayor

For the fifth year in a row, Moscow Mayor Yury Lushkov has banned gay pride. Not unexpectedly, the homophobic Mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, has banned the march planned in Russian capital as part of Moscow Pride on May 29. It is the fifth successive year that the Mayor, who infamously described Gay Pride parades a “satanic happenings”, has invoked …

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Gay Patriot Hacked?

JMG reader Russ tips us that it appears that homocon site Gay Patriot has been hacked today. The top post on the quite discombobulated site now features a message in Russian and a link to an Eastern European straight porn site. (No link as I’m getting a virus warning there.) A fresh wave of hack attacks on LGBT sites began …

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Melee In Ukraine’s Parliament

Ukraine’s parliament dissolved into fistfights, smoke bombs, and egg throwing as members argued over allowing Russia to extend their lease on a Ukrainian naval base. And you thought our health care debate was tough.

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Russian President Disses Dubya

The president of Russia tells George Stephanopoulos that Barack Obama actually “thinks when he speaks,” unlike a certain other person that he doesn’t care to name for fear of offending.

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RUSSIA: Anti-Gay President Of Poland Dies In Plane Crash With 96 Others

Poland has declared a week of mourning after President Lech Kaczynski and his wife were killed in a plane crash in western Russia this morning. All passengers and crew died in the crash. As mayor of Warsaw, Kaczynski had repeatedly banned gay pride marches and had been quoted as saying that same-sex marriage would bring about the destruction of the …

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ChatRoulette

ChatRoulette, the webcam program that randomly connects you with people all over the world, has gotten a lot of press in the last few days. NY Magazine’s Sam Anderson gave it a try: The site activates your webcam automatically; when you click “start” you’re suddenly staring at another human on your screen and they’re staring back at you, at which …

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Moscow’s Mayor Pledges To Block “Satanic” Gay Pride Parade

Repeating his annual description of gay Pride as “Satanic,” Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has called for the enforcement of laws prohibiting the event, which has taken place in years past despite being banned. “A gay parade… cannot be called anything but a Satanic act,” Yury Luzhkov told an education conference, quoted by Interfax news agency. “We haven’t permitted such a …

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Wacko NYC Pastor Gets Global Press

Harlem-based Pastor James David Manning says that President Obama is “pure evil borne of the womb of 16 year-old white girl.” (Obama’s mother was actually 18 when she had him.) He also claims that the Marxists in the black Suburbans are coming to get him for saying so, blah blah blah. I doubt that Pastor Wacko is very well known …

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Russian Soldier Strip Tease

Harmless silliness, safe for work. (Via – Towleroad)

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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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