Russian LGBT community appeals to US, EU against "anti-gay" law authors
19.03.12 16:05 By News dept
Georgy Poltavchenko Photo: Alexander Miridonov/Kommersant
Russia's LGBT community activists have addressed the authorities of the EU, USA, Canada, Australia, France and Germany with a request to impose bans on entries to these countries for Vitaly Milonov, the author of the scandalous "anti-gay law" and Georgy Poltavchenko, St. Petersburg governor who adopted the law by signing the final draft, GayRussa website reported Monday.
"Milonov and Poltavchenko have disgraced Russia all over the world. They have turned our country and its "culture capital" into the medieval barbaric times, what that means is that there is no place for them in the contemporary civilized countries. Milonov and Poltavchenko do not share the values of democracy, freedom and human rights. They cannot be allowed to spread their homophobic views abroad," the authors of the open letter to the EU and other countries wrote.
The law "prohibiting propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia" was adopted by the St. Petersburg Assembly and was later approved by the governor Poltavchenko.
The law triggered mass anger among the world LGBT community, who addressed Poltavchenko with the demand for him not to approve it.
Vitaly Milonov later admitted that he would use the new law to prohibit the performances of the German music band Rammstein in Saint Petersburg.
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