Russia continues defending homophobic laws

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Russian President Vladimir Putin sits before speaking at the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on September 28, 2015 in New York City. The ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis it has spawned are playing a backdrop to this years 70th annual General Assembly meeting of global leaders. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

As we reported yesterday, the European Court slammed Russian ‘gay propaganda law’ as the one which encourages homophobia and discrimination. But Russia backs it no matter what, planning to appeal against the court’s decision, although Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov admits he did not even see the ruling. “On LGBT, we do not prosecute for this or that orientation. Many people have been complaining… I want to state once again what we have repeatedly stated: we have no persecution for any orientation in one area or another, including orientation in the sphere of LGBT. The only thing we don’t want and therefore ban by our law is the imposition of sexual orientations on underage citizens of Russia. Nothing more. And since we’ve touched upon the issue, you’re obviously concerned about it and this concern should certainly [include] all countries, and that’s why you can obviously compare,” Mr. Lavrov commented. Vitaly Milonov, of Putin’s United Russia party, wrote: “The decision shows that our country has chosen the right path to preserve its culture and human identity. I’m sure that we will support the institution of a traditional strong family in future and shield children from attacks by all manner of minorities.”

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