Russian food store chain puts up a gay banning sign
A large chain of Russian food stores has declared that they won’t let gay people enter any of their venues. The chain, owned by Russian businessman German Sterligov, who is devoutly religious, has put anti-gay signs up in its windows. Sterligov’s store in central Moscow declared “No entry for faggots” on a wooden plate at the entrance. The 50-year-old businessman became a millionaire after he opened a mercantile exchange right before the USSR collapse. Homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia in 1993, but it is still opposed by Russian society and the law forbidding ‘gay propaganda’ in the country was signed in 2013. Speaking to Reuters at a county fair outside of Moscow, Sterligov said: “Our planet is full of filth and sick humans.” Referring to the Old Testament, he added: “In front of our eyes is the historical experience of Sodom and Gomorrah when God burned these towns.” Going on, Sterligov also praised Donald Trump for rescinding federal guidance protecting trans students in their use of gender-appropriate bathrooms. “We thank him. May God give him health,” Sterligov added.