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Posted: January 22nd, 2013
Anti-Gay Legislation moves forward in Russia

I didn’t know that Russia was homophobic. until I read the Associated  Press story reprinted in the National Post highlighting the anti-gay sentiments in that country thanks in part to Vladimir Putin’s administration and the Russin Orthodox Church. Apparently the country is poised to ban both the distribution of what it considers anti-gay propaganda and public events that focus on gay rights.

The belief is that the West (us) is contaminating the purity of the country and the move is to promote traditional Russin values, according to the Kremlin. But human and civil rights activists see it differently. They claim it’s the Kremlin’s (and President Putin’s) overt attempt to limit rights to minority groups in that country.

In fact, several laws have already been pushed through the legislative process that ban certain websites that the government believes are extremist in nature and harmful to Rusian youth. This attempt at controlling the Internet has been met with outrage from the public and a growing disgust with Putin’s administration.

Many cities in Russia, according to the article, already have anti-gay laws on their books.

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