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September 29, 2014

16 people were hospitalized after being gassed and police tried to force venues to shut the event down but that didn't stop them

Thugs stormed their events and released gas. Police and politicians tried to shut them down. But the LGBTI people of St Petersburg have shown they won't be silenced.

For 10 days, the LGBTI rights organization Coming Out St Petersburg has attempted - and succeeded - in holding an arts festival.

They faced repeat attacks from thugs, leaving 16 people hospitalized on opening night. They also allege the police pressured every single venue to cancel their events in an attempt to ruin the week.

September 19, 2014

16 people are in hospital after Vitaly Milonov, as well as some anti-gay thugs, ruined the opening day of a LGBTI event in St Petersburg

Sixteen people have been hospitalized after the opening of an LGBTI arts festival in St Petersburg yesterday (18 September).

Thugs are alleged to have sprayed 'green paint' and to have released gas which forced those who breathed it in to seek medical help.

Vitaly Milonov, the co-author of the 'gay propaganda' ban in the Russian city, stormed the art gallery with other homophobic activists to help shut down the event.

June 18, 2014

Gay rights activists suspect ban was repealed is because lawmakers do not want to be 'humiliated' by the European Court of Human Rights

St Petersburg has repealed the ‘gay propaganda’ law.

Lawmakers in the city’s local assembly decided there was no longer a need for a local law now there is a federal ban.

The second largest city in Russia was one of the first to introduce an anti-gay law in 2012.

Vitaly Milonov, who was the co-sponsor of the original homophobic legislation in St Petersburg, introduced the repeal but this does not mean he is supporting LGBTI people.

He said he will continue to fight against ‘gay propaganda’ and seek to criminalize such acts.

May 1, 2014

Co-creator of gay propaganda laws, Vitaly Milonov, describes the camp song contest as a 'Sodom show'

A Russian lawmaker has condemned the Eurovision Song Contest as ‘gay propaganda’.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ban on the promotion of ‘non-traditional relationships’, has called on Russia’s Eurovision selection committee to boycott this year’s contest in May.

Describing it as a ‘Europe-wide gay parade’, Milonov argued if Russia participates it would ‘contradict the path of cultural and moral renewal that Russia stands for today.’

April 15, 2014

Co-creator of gay propaganda laws, Vitaly Milonov, says he will help Crimea to rid their region of 'evil' like he did in Russia

A Russia lawmaker has called for the banning of gay clubs and social media pages in order to ‘rid the country of evil’.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the gay propaganda bill that was made law, has said bars and dance venues for the LGBTI community are ‘destroying Russia’.

The politician who represents St Petersburg in the Legislative Assembly is currently in Sevastopol, a city in Crimea.

Authorities in the crisis zone peninsula told LGBTIs gay pride parades would be banned on the basis of the Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law.

April 2, 2014

Gay rights activists suggest Russia could wait to enforce stricter laws against the LGBTI community after the country faced fierce international criticism

A Russia lawmaker has called for a ‘moral police’ to be instated to ‘deal’ with gay people.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ‘non-traditional relationships’ bill, has said a new division in the police force would help improve stamping out ‘gay propaganda’.

The moral police squads are being proposed to combat propaganda of homosexuality, as well as stopping prostitution and gambling.

They would also ‘strike down’ those who offend religious believers for whatever reason.

February 13, 2014

Vitaly Milonov, who says gay people rape kids and are violent towards straights, has said a gay contest must take place behind closed doors

A Russian lawmaker who sponsored the federal gay propaganda law wants Moscow’s ‘Gay Olympics’ banned.

Vitaly Milonov has urged Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin to ban the LGBT Sports Games that is being planned to be held shortly after the Sochi Winter Games.

The lawmaker has become a central figure in the battle on gay rights in Russia after he authored the original ‘gay propaganda’ bill in St Petersburg before it became federal law.

November 18, 2013

Sports minister Vitaly Mutko has said legislators should have realized passing a gay propaganda law would have caused Russia a headache before the Sochi Winter Olympics

Russia’s sports minister has said passing the gay propaganda law was ‘bad timing’.

While not criticizing the law itself, Vitaly Mutko said legislators should have waited to pass the law until after Sochi Olympics.

‘Perhaps the state authorities should have waited a little,’ he said, as reported by the RBK business newspaper.

‘It was possible to calculate how much resonance it would cause in the West, especially in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics.’

November 8, 2013

Co-creator of gay propaganda laws, Vitaly Milonov, says gay guests shouldn’t fear Russia like they shouldn’t fear Loch Ness Monster

A Russian lawmaker says aliens are more likely to invade the earth than people be arrested under the gay propaganda laws.

Vitaly Milonov, who once compared being gay to having sex with a dog, also said gay guests attending a dog show in Moscow have nothing to fear.

And the co-creator of the gay propaganda laws denied there is any anti-gay violence in the country.

October 10, 2013

Vitaly Milonov, a Russian lawmaker, wants an amendment on the 'gay propaganda' law banning same-sex couples from using surrogacy

A Russian lawmaker has proposed a ban on gay people from using a surrogate mother to have children.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ‘non-traditional relationships’ propaganda bill, has suggested an amendment to banning same-sex couples from having children.

‘At present, Russian law has a loophole through which members of sexual minorities are allowed to inform children about homosexuality,’ his office said, as translated by GSN.

September 27, 2013

Vitaly Milonov, who says gay people rape kids and are violent towards straights, has described the gay actor as 'evil'

The author of Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law has called Stephen Fry a ‘bringer of evil’.

Vitaly Milonov, a lawmaker in St Petersburg, also described homosexuality as a perversion and thanks God for President Vladimir Putin.

The gay British actor, broadcaster, writer and wit interviewed Milonov back in March for a documentary. The two did not agree on many subjects.

‘For me, Stephen Fry is a bringer of evil as he expresses ideas which are evil,’ Milonov told AFP.

September 20, 2013

Vitaly Milonov, author of Russia's law banning 'homosexual propaganda,' arrived with an entourage at yesterday's QueerFest launch verbally and physically abusing attendees

The author of Russia's gay gag law arrived at an LGBT festival yesterday to harass guests and allies.

The homophobic United Russia city parliament deputy Vitaly Milonov reportedly arrived with an entourage of five to six people calling guests 'animals, 'un-Russian' and 'faggots', according to QueerFest organizers,

The Russian lawmaker, who co-sponsored the 'non-traditional relationships' law, previously said a gay activist must die for his 'extremism'.

September 20, 2013

Fearing the 21-year will follow Lady Gaga and Madonna who used their concerts to decry Russia's anti-gay laws, the country has denied Selena Gomez entry
 

Russia's anti-gay laws have forced pop singer Selena Gomez cancel two concerts.

Concert organizers told Moscow Times, Gomez was denied her visa for fear the pop singer could use her concerts, like Madonna and Lady Gaga have done in the past, to speak out against the country's anti-gay laws.

August 14, 2013

'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'

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.

August 12, 2013

Russia sends backlash against 'call to action' by British broadcaster on gay Sochi Olympics concerns

Russian politician Vitaly Milonov, has branded British broadcaster and author Stephen Fry ‘sick’ after his open letter to the International Olympic Committee telling them to condemn Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws.

Milonov, one of the names behind Russia’s new anti-gay laws which ban homosexual 'propaganda', has launched his attack on Fry using reference to Fry’s previous attempt to commit suicide as a basis for his claims.

July 30, 2013

'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'

A Russian lawmaker has said the ‘gay propaganda’ law will remain enforced during the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in 2014.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ‘non-traditional relationships’ bill, said the government cannot decide when to selectively enforce the law.

It comes as the International Olympic Committee said the Russian government had ‘assured’ them all athletes and spectators will be safe from arrest.

March 14, 2013

British celebrity and gay actor, Stephen Fry, interviewed Vitaly Milonov, the author of St. Petersburg's 'gay propaganda' law, who said liberals have destroyed Britain

British actor and celebrity Stephen Fry interview with Vitaly Milonov, the author of St. Petersburg's 'gay propaganda' law.

Fry, who is openly gay and was shooting a documentary in St. Petersburg about LGBT rights, tweeted that he found little in common with Milonov.

Fry tweeted earlier: 'Milonov doesn't seem to believe there are teenagers bullied and tormented for being gay, he thinks they make it up & indoctrinate to minors'.

December 12, 2012

Politician Vitaly Milonov, the author of St Petersburg's 'gay propaganda' law, wants to sue Born This Way singer over LGBT rights speech

A St Petersburg politician who authored the Russian city's anti-gay law is taking legal action against Lady Gaga for speaking out for LGBT rights during her show.

Vitaly Milonov, the United Russia party deputy who created the controversial St Petersburg act that prohibits ‘the promotion of homosexuality to minors’, claims the pop superstar broke the law at the beginning of her concert in the city at the weekend.

August 10, 2012

The queen of pop tells fans at Russian concert to 'show your love' for gays and 'fight for freedom'

Madonna will be prosecuted for speaking out for gay rights during her concert in St Petersburg last night (9 August).

The Material Girl faces a fine of 5,000 Rubles ($156) after telling fans at her MDNA gig to ‘show your love and appreciation to the gay community.’

‘We want to fight for the right to be free,’ she added.

The organizers of the queen of pop’s world tour could also be ordered to pay up to 500,000 Rubles ($15,700), according to the Gay Russia website.

March 12, 2012

Leading activist Nikolai Alekseev in lawsuit against St Petersburg homophobe Vitaly Milonov for Europe jibe

Russia’s leading gay activist has filed a lawsuit against a St. Petersburg politician who has accused him of accepting financing from overseas for gay rights campaigns.

Nikolai Alekseev is claiming a million roubles (€25,800, $33,800) in a defamation lawsuit against Vitaly Milonov, the United Russia party deputy and author of the controversial St Petersburg act that prohibits ‘the promotion of homosexuality to minors’ which has now been signed into law.

February 8, 2012

Second reading of homophobic bill due in St Petersburg’s parliament today

European diplomats met with the initiator of the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ bill due to have its second reading in parliament in St Petersburg today.

United Russia deputy Vitaly Milonov brought the bill to the city’s parliament last November, saying: ‘We do not infringe on civil rights and freedoms. We are only talking about propaganda as this information about sexual deviations affects our children.’

February 8, 2012

Bill which would prevent gay freedom of speech almost sure to become law in St Petersburg – the third place in Russia to adopt similar legislation

Five activists protesting a bill that would criminalise the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ in St Petersburg were arrested today as the Legislative Assembly gave the measure its second reading.

The five were protesting in front of the assembly building. They were charged with demonstrating illegally and resisting the police, according to Just Out, the St Petersburg LGBT group.

February 8, 2012

Campaign group urges bombardment of foreign ministries to prevent 'promotion of homosexuality' bill

In an update to news that the parliament in St Petersburg is likely to pass the second reading of a bill that criminalises expressing support for LGBT equality, campaign group AllOut is calling for an emergency bombardment of foreign ministries. Those who support LGBT activists in Russia are urged to contact their foreign ministry to call on them to challenge the move in St Petersburg.