Sweden’s Foreign minister has described Russia’s crackdown on LGBT people as ‘inhuman’ and ‘repulsive’.
Carl Bildt is one of the most high-profile politicians to speak out against the homophobia rising in Russia.
He said: ‘Hate-mongering against LGBT persons on the rise in Russia after recent law. Repulsive. Inhuman.’
Despite speaking out against the anti-gay laws, the former Prime Minister did not respond to questions whether Sweden would cut ties or take action.
‘The situation of LGBT people in Russia, compounded with a frightening acceleration means we can not stand silent and watch as it happens,’ Peter Rimsby, the president of Stockholm Pride, said.
‘Pride is an important symbol of everyone’s freedom to love, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or identity. To restrict this freedom is a violation of human rights and it should not go unnoticed.’
He added: ‘We now call on all those who have a voice; politicians, pundits, business profiles, and citizens to use and support the LGBT struggle for the freedom to love.’
Worldwide, several bars have taken the decision to boycott Russian vodka.