Tag: Gay Rights

The All-Out Russian Crackdown On Dissent — Interpreter Podcast

December 24, 2015

For a month now the Russian government has been engaged in a full-scale — and accelerating — crackdown against political dissent and the freedom of the press. TV stations have been raided, protesters sentenced to years of hard labor, and activists homes have been searched for crimes that were committed when they were little kids. […]

Putin ‘The Imperialist’ A Runner-Up For Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

December 10, 2014

This year Time Magazine named the brave health workers and first responders who have been fighting the Ebola outbreak as its “Person of the Year.” One can understand why. These people are selflessly trying to fight one of the scariest viruses known to the human race, and have been doing it while also dealing with the […]

Sochi Liveblog: Beyond the Sports and Broken Hotel Doors

February 10, 2014

Welcome to The Interpreter’s Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Liveblog. Here, we will be covering the news away from the ski jumps and ice rinks, where activists are being arrested, corruption looms large, and the terrorist threat is very real. See all of our Sochi coverage here, and read Friday’s Sochi Liveblog: The Games Begin. Updates […]

Teenage Girl Punished for Spreading ‘Gay Propaganda’ in Russia

February 3, 2014

The first case of charges being brought against a child for spreading gay propaganda among children has been registered in Russia. Her location, photo and name were not disclosed so as to protect the child. The ruling of the Juvenile Affairs Commission (KDN) in one of the small towns in the Bryansk oblast, from January […]

Russian Foreign Ministry Accuses EU of Gay Propaganda

January 16, 2014

The Russian Foreign Ministry has released a report on the human rights record of the European Union. It begins with a rather honest and astute reflection of problems facing the EU: The most pressing human rights issues in the EU still include a steady growth of xenophobia, racism, violent nationalism, chauvinism and neo-Nazism. In the context […]

The Communist Party’s Gay Propaganda

August 6, 2013

Few pieces of graffiti are more famous than Dmitri Vrubel’s My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love. The painting, sometimes called Fraternal Kiss, adorned the Berlin Wall between 1990 and 2009. It recreated a picture taken in 1979, on the anniversary of the founding of the Communist German Democratic Republic in East Germany. At that celebration,  two men,  Leonid […]

Deputy and Slon Journalist Beaten by Homophobes in Moscow Bar

Vera Kichanova, Slon.ru journalist; a municipal deputy for the South Tushino district; and [Kichanova’s] companions were beaten at Kamchatka bar. Some female guests at the bar, and then the men in their group, were unhappy with the way Vera’s friends looked and decided to demonstrate their dislike of homosexuals, not only by word but by […]

G7+1, LGBT rights, Gazprom and E-mail Tricksters

June 21, 2013

Here’s a quick recap of some of today’s biggest news: – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper labeled the G8 summit as the “G7+1” in reference to Putin’s isolated stance on Syria. As The Moscow News reports, when asked if he felt “lonely” during the summit he replied, “Of course not. That’s absolutely not true. Somebody, apparently, […]