Russian President Vladimir Putin quotes "Jesus Christ" and declares Western values to be "Satanism". pic.twitter.com/zCWWA8RHEc— ??C?? (@AlertChannel) October 2, 2022
? The Kremlin continued its war against Russians this week by unanimously passing its strictest anti-LGBT legislation yet. It’s mostly flown under the radar, but it’s devastating news. pic.twitter.com/VIyIAwfwlM— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
The new law forbids propaganda promoting “un-Russian” LGBT values among all ages. That means online, in films, in music, in books, in advertising—anywhere queers might be visible.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
It’s an update of the 2013 law that specifically targeted propagandizing “non-traditional family values” to children.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
That law was really a pretext for a violent, homophobic campaign against queer youth. After the bill was passed, youth reported an uptick in physical and linguistic violence. Suicide and self-harm rates went through the roof.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
In recent years, the Kremlin has stepped up its anti-LGBT campaign. Politicians describe queers as part of an “invasion” that has to be “fought” or “battled” – and, of course, as evidence of a wave of satanic degeneration in Russia.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
The state’s supporters have followed the Kremlin’s lead, filling social media and blogs with violent homophobic language. I’m won't post excerpts, but it’s hard to find a thread on large Russian social groups that doesn’t include language that died in the West in the 1960s.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
And worse: calls to eliminate gays, Ukrainians, and people of colour are often blended together into a free-for-all of hatred.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
In the last few months, things have got worse. Major LGBT support organizations and personalities have been labelled foreign agents, which severely restricts the support they can give, and targeted with judicial and violent measures.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
A court in April ruled that Sphere, the country’s largest LGBT support organization, had to be closed. Sphere, the court claimed, was a political organization that aimed to undermine “the moral foundations of the Russian Federation.” Other organizations have fallen silent.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
The new bill will have a huge impact on queer Russians. They’ll be further driven from private life, silenced, and marginalized. Homophobes will be further emboldened in their physical and verbal attacks on the “un-Russian” queers.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
The Russian LGBT Network, another major organization, is limping on and doing excellent work. They’ve organized a “People not Propaganda” campaign to pressure MPs, but things seem hopeless.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
You can follow the LGBT Network on Telegram here. Who knows how long they'll exist for? Support organizations are disappearing by force or by choice fast. https://t.co/8f3JypbaRH— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
Things look bleak. I’ve spoken to a couple of psychologists who were helping young LGBT Russians with mental health issues. One has stopped advertising their work; the other has ceased doing it altogether.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
Leading figures – cultural, political, activists – are leaving Russia fast. Their lives are under real threat from a regime that wants to erase their identities and destroy them – either through violence or by driving them to take their own lives.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
It’s heartbreaking to see my friends and contacts have to give up the fight, but there’s little choice now. Stay and be killed for an innate part of your identity, or flee and try to help from abroad. And – before you say it – plenty *are* making their voices heard abroad.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
So what can we do? Donating money has become much more risky. Receiving donations from abroad = you’re a foreign agent = nightmare.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
But there is something we can all do. When you write about Russians, remember that queer Russians have had no say in defining what it means to be Russian. The state wants to destroy them, just as it does ethnic minorities. So don’t describe all Russians as “Orcs” or “barbarians.”— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
In sum: the Russian state is not waging a war against Ukraine. It is waging a war against everything it believes to be "un-Russian": the West, liberals, ethnic minorities, queers. Untold violence is being done. That's how fascism works.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
The more I think about this, the more pissed off I am. I'm fucking furious. I fucking hate Putin.— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) November 3, 2022
This is a battle between Democracy and Autocracy.
MAGA Republicans want to destroy Our Democracy in favor of White Christian Nationalism.
“CNN — Russian lawmakers agreed to toughen the country’s discriminatory law against so-called same-sex “propaganda,” moving to ban all Russians from promoting or “praising” homosexual relationships or publicly suggesting that they are “normal.”
Moscow’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, approved unanimously amendments to strengthen the law against “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations,” making such propaganda illegal among Russians of all ages, according to the parliament’s official website.
The original version of the law adopted in 2013 banned “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” among minors. …
“Our bill is not an act of censorship. We are only saying that propaganda, that is, positive promotion, praise, saying that this is normal, and maybe even better than traditional relations, should be banned,” head of the State Duma’s Information Policy Committee, Alexander Khinshtein, said during the parliament session. …
Under the bill, “propaganda of non-traditional relations” is an offense liable a fine of up to 400,000 rubles ($6,500) for individuals and up to 5 million rubles ($81,400) for legal entities.
At a speech in Moscow on Thursday, Putin assailed Western culture and told a crowd: “The West can do whatever they want with gay parades but they shouldn’t dictate the same rules for Russia.”
Going backward or forward …
“State-owned Russian newspaper TASS reported Tuesday that Aleksei Pavlov, an assistant secretary on the Security Council of Russia, has called for the “desatanization” of Ukraine.
“I believe that with the continuation of the special military operation, it becomes more and more urgent to carry out the desatanization of Ukraine,” Pavlov said. …”