Tag: Russia

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2016 isn’t going quietly…

It really seems like 2016 is trying to push this world to the very edge before it takes its last gasp on 31st December. The assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey live on TV was shocking and brutal. And won't be without its consequences. I tell you what else: scrolling through twitter, I didn't expect ...

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Eurovision 2016: Russia

https://youtu.be/rh8PKhA1s3I Wow. This is the most overtly homoerotic Eurovision entry I've seen in quite some time. And I think that's saying something. Russia's entry - "Take it off" by the obviously talented Sergey Lazarev - makes Top Gun look like a subtle and under-stated treatise on heterosexual bonding. There are Liberace tribute acts in Vegas wondering if Russia ...

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On Turing and double standards…

I woke this morning to the news that Alan Turing has received a Royal Pardon. Never heard of him? Read on to learn about his contribution to the Allied effort in World War II. Despite this key contribution, his sexual orientation resulted in prosecution, public humiliation, private anguish and ultimately his suicide. Because what you ...

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The ultimate vanity project

A truly depressing piece over at The Economist about the Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi. It sounds like a complete vanity project for Putin and is simultaneously destroying the environment and the lives of construction workers unfortunate to be contributing to the project. The quality of the work is patchy. The ski jump ...

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Anyone else surprised by this?

Obviously a slow news day* over at The Independent (I've already spotted two other non-stories this morning, about Jeremy Clarkson standing for parliament and Rudolph Hess' secret war files): It is renowned for having one of the most tortuous electoral systems known to voters. Now the Eurovision song contest is itself in danger of receiving ...

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And so it begins…

Anyone else thinking of the phrase "Potemkin village"? Courtesy of Pink News: A decree banning demonstrations and rallies has been signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and will take place over the duration of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. The decree, signed today will block all demonstrations and rallies from taking place, will take effect ...

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Prison Break star slams Russia’s ‘anti-gay’ bill

From the BBC: Prison Break star slams Russia's 'anti-gay' bill Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has refused an invitation to a film festival in St Petersburg in protest over Russia's new anti-gay laws. "It would make me happy to say yes," he wrote in a letter to festival director Maria Averbakh. "However, as a gay ...

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Well done that man

More please - more people speaking out against Putin's madness, building homophobia into the fabric of the state and giving fascist skinheads all the excuses they need to attack and harass gay Russians.

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The Anti-Gay Olympics?

Please consider signing this petition: TO PRESIDENT PUTIN, RUSSIAN POLITICIANS AND ALL WORLD LEADERS: We stand with citizens across Russia who are calling on their government to stop the crackdown against lesbian, gay, bi and trans people that is fuelling anti-gay violence. We urge leaders around the world and within Russia to work to eliminate ...