December 13, 2013

Gay Rights and Putin's Olympics

David Remnick, New Yorker

The Associated Press

The Russian officials I meet always seem surprised that so many Westerners care at all about the rights of gay men and women. A few days ago, a senior official told me that such concerns were the inventions of the Western press. The reaction to questions about gay rights is usually either dismissive laughter or anger at what they view as self-righteous foreigners determined to embarrass Russia. When Putin went to Amsterdam in April, the city flew the rainbow flag, and he was confronted with questions about the propaganda law; he fumbled through his answers.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Homosexuals, Gay Rights, Russia, Sochi Olympics, Sochi, Vladimir Putin

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

December 5, 2013
Will Olympics Bring Violence to Sochi?
Ekaterina Sokirianskaia, NYT
The Black Sea resort of Sochi, with its breathtaking views of the nearby Caucasus Mountains, was once a favorite holiday destination of Communist Party bosses in the Soviet era. Now reincarnated in gleaming glass, steel and... more ››
December 11, 2013
India Gay Sex Ban a Big Step Backward
Priyamvada Gopal, The Guardian
The Delhi supreme court's decision to uphold a law criminalising homosexuality is a servile adherence to colonial bigotry. more ››
December 10, 2013
Putin's Imperial One-Man Show
Maxim Trudolyubov, New York Times
Vladimir Putin kept Pope Francis waiting nearly 50 minutes when the Russian president came to the Vatican last month to discuss world peace, family values and other issues. The pope did not seem to mind. Mr. Putin’s... more ››
December 10, 2013
Don't Expect Germany to Stand Up to Russia
John Vinocur, WSJ
The truth is, no German bottom line exists on Russia's power plays. Berlin repeatedly projects its own psyche onto Moscow's reflexes, believing that it, too, will shy from confrontation; that it is ready to accept a... more ››