Anti-gay Russian lawmaker backs Ukraine rebels

Vitaly Milonov (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
Vitaly Milonov (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Outspoken anti-gay Russian legislator Vitaly Milonov has accepted a role as  a representative of the breakaway self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reports.
Milonov has previously:

AFP reported that Milonov said, “I’ve accepted an offer from the Donetsk activists to become a representative of the People’s Republic of Donetsk in Saint Petersburg.
Pro-Russia separatists declared the “People’s Republic of Donetsk” in April that  industrial city after seizing control of the main administrative building there.
AFP said that the Moscow representative of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexei Khudyakov, confirmed Milonov’s support for the separatist group but said his new job title was still in doubt.
A bill like Milonov’s law against “gay propaganda” has been discussed in Ukraine, but has not been enacted.

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at

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