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LGBT situation in Russia

As there apparently is of great concern for several people, Here´s a thread for it. LGBT discussions starting in other threads will be moved here.
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Madonna, Lady Gaga Violated Russian Law – Prosecutors

MOSCOW, August 1 (RIA Novosti) – US pop divas Madonna and Lady Gaga, who championed gay rights during their shows in Russia, had cultural exchange visas that “did not provide for” performing for profit, Russian prosecutors said Thursday.

The Prosecutor General’s office released a statement in response to an inquiry submitted in April by St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, author of the city’s controversial anti-gay propaganda law. The St. Petersburg City Council member accused both US musicians of distributing “homosexual propaganda” among minors and said they performed in Russia illegally.
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2 Feminists Arrested in Sweden for Breaking Into Russian Embassy
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Russian Court Says Refusal to Register Same-Sex Marriage Was Unlawful

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Anti-Gay Law to Remain During Sochi Olympics

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will enforce a new law cracking down on gay rights activism when it hosts international athletes and fans during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the country's sports minister said Thursday, appearing to contradict assurances to the contrary from the International Olympic Committee.

Russia's contentious law was signed by President Vladimir Putin in late June, imposing fines on individuals accused of spreading "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors, and even proposing penalties for those who express these views online or in the news media. Gay pride rallies also are banned.

"An athlete of nontraditional sexual orientation isn't banned from coming to Sochi," Vitaly Mutko said in an interview with R-Sport, the sports newswire of state news agency RIA Novosti. "But if he goes out into the streets and starts to propagandize, then of course he will be held accountable."

Mutko emphasized that the law wasn't designed to punish anyone for being gay or lesbian. But like the Russian lawmakers who authored the bill, Mutko said athletes would be punished only for propaganda, a word that remains ambiguous under the new law.

"The corresponding law doesn't forbid non-traditional orientation, but other things: propaganda, involvement of minors and young people."
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Gay rights in Russia: Facts and Myths

Over the past fortnight, Russia has been accused of rolling gay rights back to the Stalin era, faced a vodka boycott, and then suspended its “gay propaganda law” to appease foreigners at the Sochi Olympics (or did it?). RT sorts out fact from fiction.

Is being gay a crime in Russia?

No. Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1993. In the Soviet Union, “male buggery” had been a punishable offense since 1934, with several hundred people charged with it every year. The maximum term was five years. It was also a convenient tool for smears and was tacked onto spying allegations during the NKVD purges under Joseph Stalin. Lesbianism has never been criminalized.
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Congressmen Ask Kerry to Ensure Gays Safe at Sochi


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Reactions on Isinbayeva's comments about gay-rights.


http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2...c-gay-athletes

http://metro.co.uk/2013/08/15/the-ro...ehind-3925580/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...s-8764393.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/g...internalSearch

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/athletics/23717242
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The Olympics should not be a place to play politics.
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Agreed. I'm not sure why so many people are getting worked up about this. Russian domestic laws are none of our business.
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Imagine a country banning non-traditional religious orientation. Now imagine it being a Muslim country. You should be able to see where this is going, would you still say that their domestic laws are none of our concern and that of course all female athletes should be veiled head-tot-toe when going outside? I don't know the laws exactly, but they seem very broad in wording, would fit of what I had yet to see of Russian laws. The coming Olympics might not be as great a boon to Russia's image as the Kremlin might have hoped.
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