Russian lawmaker: Gay activists must die for ‘extremism’

'Gay propaganda' law co-sponsor says he is unconcerned about a US visa ban, saying: 'I've spoken to US politicians, and they support my stance'

Russian lawmaker: Gay activists must die for ‘extremism’
14 August 2013

A Russian lawmaker has said a gay activist must die for his ‘extremism’.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ‘non-traditional relationships’ law, demanded the arrest of a young gay man Cyril Kalugin.

Earlier this month, Kalugin was held by police for holding a poster during at a peaceful gay rights protest that said ‘Sodom in every home’.

Milonov, furious he was let go, said he must be arrested for extremist terrorist activities.

‘Either he is mentally ill or well-paid,’ he said, as reported by Bait Info.ru and translated by Gay Star News.

‘There are things that are unacceptable. We have monitored the activities of this activist, and I believe that we must discourage and punish these provocative acts.’

Kalugin is not concerned about Milonov. He said the slogan ‘Sodom in every home’ is just a call to educate all Russians about LGBT people without the distortion of the facts – the propaganda – by Vladimir Putin’s parliament.

He added if he is arrested and sent to prison for terrorism, he said he will not leave the country and seek asylum abroad.

Milonov has been a central figure in the fight for gay rights in Russia, after he authored the original ‘gay propaganda’ bill in St Petersburg before it became federal law.

Responding to claims the International Olympic Committee had received ‘assurances’ the anti-gay laws will be suspended during the Sochi Games, Milonov confirmed gay athletes and tourists will be arrested.

He claimed the law is ‘defending children from the propaganda of non-traditional values’ and nothing to do with ‘the ordinary life of adults’.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Graham Norton: I drink far too much... but where’s the harm?

The chat show star recounts his love affair with alcohol and remembers attending AA meetings with Carrie Fisher
No thumbnail available

Hong Kong pride takes umbrella as symbol

The umbrella is also an icon of the city's democracy movement
No thumbnail available

Australian Rugby Union to display gay Bingham Cup in national trophy case

The Australian Rugby Union football code will display the global gay rugby Bingham Cup in its trophy case alongside other international trophies held by Australia – becoming the first Australian sporting code to do so
No thumbnail available

Bachmanns dispute Kinsey Scale during campaign stop

Michele and Marcus Bachman call Kinsey Report on number of gays in the population 'a myth'
No thumbnail available

Mitt Romney reaffirms opposition to gay marriage and civil unions

But presumptive Republican presidential nominee says domestic partnership benefits and hospital visitation rights are 'appropriate'
No thumbnail available

Gay former soldier: ‘If LGBTs want equality, shut down saunas’

James Wharton, a friend of Prince Harry, is receiving backlash after calling on saunas to be closed as it 'feeds the haters'
No thumbnail available

Footballer sacked for homophobic tweet about gay rugby player Gareth Thomas

Oxford City striker Lee Steele has been sacked for homophobic tweet about Celebrity Big Brother star Gareth Thomas.
WNBA players Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are expecting their first child

WNBA players Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are expecting their first child

Couple got married last month shortly after domestic dispute
No thumbnail available

GSN’s social media choices

Gay Star News aims to deliver quality lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender journalism worldwide, 24-7. Here's how social media helps
No thumbnail available

Depsite ban Kyiv has a gay pride parade

With a heavy police presence, people march in the Ukraine's first ever gay pride parade