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Russia — anti-gay, anti-Madonna, anti-pride hotbed

Russia — anti-gay, anti-Madonna, anti-pride hotbed

Madonna (Photo courtesy of Jenn Deering Davis via Wiki Commons)
Madonna (Photo courtesy of Jenn Deering Davis via Wiki Commons)

Russia remains a hotbed of anti-gay activism, even though it is not one of the 76 countries with anti-homosexuality laws.

Russia’s stance on gay-rights issues will be examined this month by the top European human rights guardian, the Council of Europe.

Nikolai Alexeyev (Photo via WikiMedia Commons)
Nikolai Alexeyev (Photo via WikiMedia Commons)

The council is scheduled to consider a European Court ruling that Russia discriminated against gay-rights activist Nikolay Alexeyev because of his sexual orientation. He has been seeking to hold a pride parade while also opposing the St. Petersburg “gay propaganda” law.

Russian news agencies said the suit against Madonna seeks nearly $10.5 million in damages, in part because pink armbands in support of gays and lesbians were distributed to young fans in the audience.

Meanwhile, at the Human Rights Council, Russia is reportedly preparing a renewed attempt to limit internationally recognized human rights to those that don’t clash with traditional values.

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Salman Mukaev (Photo courtesy of Moscow Times)

The pro-LGBT-rights group ARC International cites an advisory report that challenges the Russian position:

“Those who benefit most from the status quo are more likely to appeal to tradition to maintain power and privilege, and also to speak on behalf of tradition, while ‘those most marginalized and disenfranchised have the most to lose from a traditional values approach to human rights’ .”

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