Richard Mole

Gay rights are the new front line in the culture clash between Russia and the West

The Sochi Winter Olympics, which began on 7 February, have focused attention on Russia’s stance toward homosexuality and gay rights. As Richard Mole writes, the issue has been particularly prominent in the country since the passing of the law against ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations’ last year. He argues that the subject has become a key part of Vladimir Putin’s […]

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Russia’s ban on ‘homosexual propaganda’ is part of Vladimir Putin’s attempt to entrench traditional values in the face of the spread of Western liberal ideas.

At the end of June, Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, signed into law a bill banning the spreading of ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations’. Richard Mole argues that the law is targeted at LGBT activists, who are some of the Kremlin’s most public and vocal critics, and plays on existing intolerance towards homosexuality which dates back to the Soviet era. By […]

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Anti-LGBT legislation in St Petersburg is having unforeseen consequences and mobilising Russia’s ‘gay diasporas’ overseas

Last month the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia must pay damages for refusing to allow ‘pride parades’ to be held in Moscow. Richard Mole argues that Russian anti-LGBT legislation is having a counter-productive effect by mobilising activists both within the country and beyond Russia’s borders. Despite this international pressure, Russian authorities have so far shown little sign […]

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