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Russia’s anti-gay laws ‘responding’ to concerns of society.
Russian President Vladimir Putin last week signed off on a spate of anti-gay federal laws which will outlaw gay propaganda as well as prohibit the adoption of Russian-born children to gay couples any couple or single parent living in any country where marriage equality exists in any form.
Police officers will also be allowed to arrest tourists and foreign nationals they suspect of being homosexual, lesbian or “pro-gay” and detain them for up to 14 days.
The laws, supported by Russian parliament, are being implemented amid a wave of virulent anti-gay sentiment, with violent attacks on homosexual’s commonplace.
According to Russia expert, John Lough, Putin claims he is responding to pressure from the regional electorate and not leading a crusade against homosexuals as critics say.
“A recent poll in Russia showed that 50 per cent of Russians believe that the gay and lesbian community should not enjoy the same rights as ordinary citizens.”
According to Lough, President Putin said that the laws are “a result of pressure from the regions in Russia”.
Russian Parliament says it is merely responding to a “certain mood in Russian society”.
“At the moment I see this as an effort on the part of the authorities to try to consolidate a conservative part of society in support of the existing regime”
“They are looking to exploit the prejudice in Russian society towards gay people”
Listen to the full interview with John Lough, Associate Fellow, Russia & Eurasia Programme, Chatham House speaking to Shona Murray on World in Motion here:
Caption for photo: Homophobia and violent attacks against the gay community is rife in Russia