A Russian senator just claimed being against animal cruelty leads to supporting LGBTI rights.
Communist Party member Sergei Kalashnikov told the Federation Council – the upper house of the Federal Assembly of Russia – it’s a slippery slope.
Kalashnikov said yesterday (26 December): ‘We treat many western fads with humor, including political correctness, the rights of sexual minorities and others,’ reports the Moscow Times.
‘Any thought, however humanitarian, becomes absurd when carried to its logical conclusion.
‘We’re not only passing a law that won’t work for many reasons, but we’re also demonstrating that we’re following the same path, so to speak, of defending the rights of sexual minorities,’ he said.
In response to Kalashnikov’s comments, vice-chairman of the Agrarian Committee Stepan Zhiryakov said dogs ‘should not be equated to sexual minorities.’
Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin introduced the draft law, according to Meduza. The bill aims to prohibit cruelty against animals in the training of hunting dogs.
It’s only the second time since October last year the parliament’s upper house voted against a draft law.
But Volodin insists the bill has support from Vladimir Putin.
A mediation committee will now review the bill.
Russia’s anti-gay crackdown
A recent report published by Amnesty International showed LGBTI activists under increased threat in Russia.
The 62 page report is called Less equal: LGBTI human rights defenders in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. It documents human rights abuses in Russia’s closest allies.
Amnesty found the crackdown appears to mirror repressive anti-LGBTI rhetoric and practices coming from Moscow.
Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Deputy Director said: ‘The idea, promoted by Russia, that LGBTI rights are ‘western values’ that somehow constitute a threat to national security, is entrenching elsewhere.’
Amnesty’s report also found LGBTI human rights activists feel ‘less equal’ even within their local human rights communities.