Russia Gay Law Creator Calls Stephen Fry Evil


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Russia’s Hunger Games

The law orders fines for individuals and organisations deemed to have violated the law, and, unusually, also singles out foreigners who risk fines of up to 100,000 rubles ($3,106), detention for 15 days and deportation. Many commenters believe Russia underestimated the international reaction to the law, which now risks overshadowing the Sochi Winter Games, the biggest event in its post-Soviet history. But Milonov, who describes himself as a ???man of European culture??? defends the law as part of a promotion of family values in Russia and the protection of children. ???We have to defend the future of our children,??? said Milonov, who has children aged four and one. He railed against the legalisation of gay marriage in some European countries, describing it as a ???symptom of an illness in society, a spiritual degradation???. ???Ninety-five percent of Russians are against gay marriage. Gays do not have any support in Russian society.??? ???We could say that paedophilia is a sexual choice we could say that murder is one way to survive. But truth is truth and we cannot change the way things are. Homosexuality is not normal, I???m sorry.??? Milonov???s rants against homosexuals would see him outcast as an extremist in European societies but in Russia they fall in line with an increasingly conservative political trend.

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On September 23, 2013, Tolokonnikova announced her hunger strike in a 2,300-word public letter [ru], published on the popular Internet news site In the letter, she details prisons slave labor conditions and claims that officials have threatened her life. Days after the letter went public, Ilya Shablinksy, a member of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, visited Tolokonnikovas prison, meeting with her and seven other inmates. In comments [ru] to the press after the interviews, Shablinksy verified Tolokonnikovas allegations, saying the conversations made his hair stand on end. Suddenly reminded of the existence of Pussy Riot and its star iconoclast, Russian bloggers have been mesmerized with Tolokonnikovas resurgent drama. Her letteran eloquent appeal partly for her own safety, but also for the well-being of her fellow inmatespulls back the curtain on living conditions in Russias penitentiary system. Much as her bands infamous punk prayer tapped the countrys polarized attitudes about the Orthodox Churchs role in government, Tolokonnikovas letter and hunger strike (which has already led to her hospitalization [ru]) began a public dialogue about the state of Russian incarceration. There are too many reactionsboth notable and obscureto describe succinctly the RuNets central tendency in this story. The range of responses is extreme. Some bloggers think [ru] Tolokonnikova deserves the harsh life of a sinner and a convict, whereas others describe [ru] her as something closer to a saint. The single most common reaction, it seems, is to express reservations about her past involvement in Pussy Riot and the art group Voina (which included participating in a public orgy while pregnant), but support Tolokonnikovascurrent effort to draw attention to the mistreatment of prisoners. If we split the RuNet between opposition and pro-government bloggers, its possible to note some surprises. For instance, Maksim Kononenko, a generally pro-Kremlin columnist and popular blogger, celebrated [ru] Tolokonnikovas letter as a selfless attempt to rescue her fellow inmates. Kristina Potupchik, the former spokesperson of a prominent pro-Putin youth group, wrote [ru]on LiveJournal that cruelty to prisoners contravenes common sense. Both Kononenko and Potupchik criticized others who welcomed the news of Tolokonnikovas suffering. In what was likely a conscious misrepresentation, Potupchik and pro-Kremlin blogger Marina Yudenich mocked [ru] Tolokonnikovas former lawyers, Mark Feygin and Nikolai Polozov, for a crude joke seemingly made at her expense. (In fact, the two attorneys were ridiculing [ru] another Pussy Riot member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, who is suing Feygin and Polozov for malpractice).