The Russian Government has struck back against criticism of its ban on so-called ‘homosexual propaganda to minors’ with a human rights assessment of the European Union in which it claims that European nations are trying to force their tolerance of ‘queers’ on the rest of the world.
The report claims there has been a ‘a steady growth of xenophobia, racism, violent nationalism, chauvinism and neo-Nazism,’ in Europe while its countries have been preoccupied with spreading an ‘alien view of homosexuality and same-sex marriages as a norm of life.’
The English language version of the report reportedly refers to gay people as ‘queers’ in translating the Russian word for homosexuals.
The report, published by Russia’s Foreign Ministry, is the second the country has produced criticizing human rights in Europe in two years in the face of mounting international criticism of its own human rights record.
Russia has been ranked as ‘non-free’ in every category by Washington DC based human rights NGO Freedom House since 2004.