Back in the U.S.S.R.

Russia is one country that I have not traveled to, but it appears that it’s not my kind of place anyway, seeing how the country’s lower house introduced a bill seeking to criminalize homosexuality:

A bill introduced in Russia’s lower house will impose a five year prison sentence for anyone convicted of homosexuality.
Gay sex was illegal under the Soviets but was decriminalized in 1993 when Communism fell.

The legislation, introduced Monday by Deputy Nikolay Kuryanovich would bring back the old law, and make it a crime for gays to congregate – a provision that would bar gay pride parades or meetings.

This kind of medieval authoritarianism surprises me even for Russia, which we all know has a widespread history of political and social repression. I think someone needs to call up Mr. Kuryanovich and remind him of what year we’re living in.

Found via Dispatches From The Culture Wars.

4 thoughts on “Back in the U.S.S.R.

  1. I don’t understand how anyone could have a problem with sexuality (or race for that matter). It’s not as if it’s hurting (or affecting) anyone who doesn’t want to be involved, so it’s a pointless prejudice, like race.

  2. Russia is a little behind, but they do show the ability to change. As for the subject in general, I feel what people do is their own business. However I would like to to see married couples as independent in tax and legal structure. The legal system needs to be overhauled so that people are not providing paperwork for tax incentive.

    I do not feel a Church should be forced to acknowledge or be required in performance. The same applies to groups such as Mormons. I am not against plural marriage. It’s their business.

    Traditional marriage of men and women have no statistics showing it to be superior or conducive in mental health standards. The divorce rates are staggering to say the least. I have been married for 31 years. Living with another Human being takes understanding, people can decide for themselves if it is an enhancement. The Government would be the last to decide the exact nature of it’s terms.

  3. Russia is a little behind, but they do show the ability to change.

    I disagree. Russia is going to the dogs, like a lot of Eastern Europe, sadly. They joined the capitalist club at the wrong time – just when the Asian communists found out that by being even more exploitative than the west, you can beat it at its own game.

    Russia has been turning more autocratic for years and years. It only looks better than in the 90s because the gun-gangsters are out and the paper-pushing gangsters (backed by their official gun-carriers – police and secret service) are back in the saddle again. Russia is living from its natural resources now (oil, gas, some others) which are getting more precious all the time. And we all know how natural resources as your country’s main source of income ends up transforming your society (looks to Saudia Arabia, Nigeria, Venezuela – looks to Norway and sees one single exception in dozens).

    And the rest of Eastern Europe? Authoritarian populists and tinpot dictators everywhere. I may not be an expert, but I can see a trend in the news.

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