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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 10:44 AM

The Russian Plot To Take Back Eastern Europe At The Expense Of Gay Rights

http://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/russia-exports-homosexual-propaganda-law-in-effort-to-fight


Anti-EU protestors in Kiev hold a sign that reads, “Homosexuality is a threat to national security.” Via dotu.org.ua

KIEV, Ukraine — In recent weeks, billboards with images of same-sex stick figure couples holding hands began to appear on the streets of the Ukrainian capital. The text warned: “Association with the EU means same-sex marriage.”

The group behind the posters is Ukrainian Choice, an organization funded by Viktor Medvedchuk, a wealthy businessman and former parliamentarian who is so close to the Russian president that local media routinely allude to the fact that Vladimir Putin is his child’s godfather. Medvedchuk created the organization with the sole purpose of lobbying against Ukraine strengthening its ties with the European Union — and is stirring up opposition to LGBT rights as part of the process.

Since passing the “homosexual propaganda” law this summer, Russian leaders have increasingly used opposition to gay rights — along with an ostentatious embrace of the Orthodox Church — to define the country in opposition to the West. Now its homophobic nationalism is moving west as part of Russia’s campaign to retain its influence in the former communist nations being courted by the European Union.

The big testing ground is Ukraine, which is currently in a tug of war between the two sides. The EU wants it to sign an association agreement deepening ties — and has been urging it to release a prominent political prisoner as proof it is ready to move toward the west. Russia wants it to join a Moscow-led customs union instead — and has been warning of dire consequences for Ukraine’s “traditions” if it decides to forego integration with Russia in favor of closer ties with the EU. At the end of November, EU and Ukrainian officials are due to meet in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius to sign an association agreement, formalizing bilateral relations with the bloc.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 11:00 AM

1. What is the significance of the flags with the wolf's head?

Some of those guys look like jackboots.

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Response to theHandpuppet (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:16 PM

2. nationalist right wingers. nt

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Response to xchrom (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:38 PM

3. Ah, I thought so.

Goes hand in hand, doesn't it. Russia is starting to look more and more like the Germany of the 1930's.

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Response to theHandpuppet (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:50 PM

4. Complete with an Olympic Games.

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