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Russian airline forces gay flight attendant to marry woman or lose job

Activists plan protest, boycott of Aeroflot
Sunday, January 29, 2012

MOSCOW — LGBT activists in Russia are planning a campaign to boycott the Russian airline Aeroflot following a report that a gay flight attendant was forced by the airline to enter into a heterosexual marriage or face losing his job.

Maxim Kupreev, via GayRussia.ru

According to a report by GayRussia.ru, internal sources at Aeroflot confirmed that 25-year-old flight attendant Maxim Kupreev was given the ultimatum late last year after he announced plans to establish an LGBT group within the airline in order to protect the rights of gay and lesbian employees.

At the end of 2011, Kupreev married his school friend Sofia Mikhailova so he could retain his job at Aeroflot. Mikhailova, in turn, received the right to fly Aeroflot for 10 percent of the fare – and other company privileges.

The boycott is set to be launched on Feb. 9 February at a rally outside the corporate offices of Aeroflot in Moscow, and activists said they will call upon air travelers to “condemn the discriminatory policies” of Aeroflot, and reject the airline until it creates equal conditions for LGBT workers.

According to one of the organizers, Nikolai Alekseev, Founder of Moscow Pride, “We have devised a series of slogans on the double meaning of the term ‘marriage,’ which we intend to convey to the public in the context of Aeroflot.”

Alexeyev said that the boycott will be launched “on a very symbolic day — February 9th is the birthday not only of Russian civil aviation, but the main carrier of the country, Aeroflot. It’s the perfect day to draw attention to their discriminatory policies.”

Protestors said they also plan for the exclusion of Aeroflot from the global airline alliance “Sky Team,” of which leading members include U.S.-based Delta Airlines, and European carrier Air France.

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46 more reader comments:

  1. WTF?! OMG this pisses me off! They deserve to be happy, how is marrying someone your not even attracted too going to make him happy..you people are seriously so F***ing selfish!

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:54pm
  2. so hideous.. :( bastards.

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:55pm
  3. can it be a transsexual?

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:55pm
  4. This is totally rediculous!!! Horrible!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:56pm
  5. wth?!

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:56pm
  6. How or where is it still legal in the 2000′s to “force” marriage…??

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:56pm
  7. This ochen ploha as they say in Russian. Kashmar!

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:56pm
  8. WTF Haha im sorry wtf, who does that, when i read it i laughed hard as hell because i thought it was a joke. Man people have problems.

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:56pm
  9. That’s fucked up.

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:57pm
  10. what would that do? make two people unhappy? yuck.

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:57pm
  11. I think it is very sad. I mean I love how willing they are to take Lance Bass’s money to be a comsonaut, but when one of their own wishes to be goloboi (gay), it is unacceptable. But i have faith in Russia

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:58pm
  12. thats horrible! this is sick. not everyone is attracted to the opposite sex! when will people wake up to this reality. damn i’m done. smh

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:58pm
  13. This is stupid

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:01pm
  14. communists..it’ll never change >:-(

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:01pm
  15. I would have quit

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:01pm
  16. What?!?!

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:02pm
  17. What the.. FUCK?!

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:02pm
  18. The thing that gets me the most is that she divorced her husband so she could marry this guy. What kind of crap is this?

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:05pm
  19. sorry but thats just fucked up!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:07pm
  20. How can someone even deman that to an employee and not expect to get punched full on in the face? This just reeks ‘scumbag’.

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:07pm
  21. I’ve always hated Russia~

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:08pm
  22. It’s like a bad twist in a romantic comedy brought horribly to life.

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:10pm
  23. Seriously!??

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:12pm
  24. you have to be fucking kidding me this is so stupid and truly unfair

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:13pm
  25. Disgusting. :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:13pm
  26. When will Russians leave their primitive ways behind ?

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:13pm
  27. Agreed Breyana i don’t know how this could happen i dunno how anyone can force another human being out of their will power to marry a person that they are not attracted to.. If that was me i would rather lose my job before anyone makes me to do something I don’t want to do. In fact i rather die before someone try’s to change my homosexuality. I am happy this way and no one can take that from me except death!

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:28pm
  28. eeeewwwwwwwwwwwww!

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:36pm
  29. one word: eeeeeeewwwwwww!

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:40pm
  30. WTF i would have lost the job dnt make sense b who u r an b happy regardless!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:40pm
  31. Hell to Russia!

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:44pm
  32. I would lose my job and tell them to go FUCK THEMSELVES! This shit is getting ridiculous.

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:44pm
  33. russian planes are so dangerous anyway, if i were him, id hang on to my pride and find a new job

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:53pm
  34. that pretty pathetic, that their forcing this guy to live a lie, to save face for them!! God I hope a decent airline see’s this offers him a job so he can get away from them!

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:55pm
  35. Ok, it’s quite easy, just quit… Why do that to yourself when you dint have to?

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 10:03pm
  36. Can we just give him citizenship??? He can marry me.

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 10:08pm
  37. Families coerce their kids into unwanted marriages all over the planet. That an employer does it is an affront to human rights, anti-discrimination, and respect for the unhappy couple.

    I wish I wanted to fly in Russia so I could refuse to go on that airline.

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 10:20pm
  38. Oh yeah and that most certainly turn him straight. Boycott their asses. Though I wouldn’t have flown them anyway.

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 10:50pm
  39. What the fuck, are they fucking insane.
    I hope he doesn’t lose his job

    Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 12:19am
  40. Gosh, some of you want tolerance, acceptance and kindness, and yet you still call Russians ‘primitive’ say that you have ‘always hated them’. Good job. Way to lead the world to love~

    Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 1:26am
  41. When will “homophobic” societies realise that forcing their point of view onto individuals is not only discriminatory, but will have MAJOR repercussions on them from the “pink” dollar/ruble/schilling or whatever the currency is…. The GLBT community will band together, and ensure that the country/corporation will suffer, and with the growing tide of “thinking/caring” people,nations…. they only do damage to themselves…. FFS… grow up, and join the 21st century :)

    Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 3:18am
  42. Nothing says he has to live with her. There’s always ways around this type of thing.

    Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 9:08am
  43. It’s not a communist thing. When actual communists (as opposed to the state capitalists that came in with Stalin on) took over in 1917, one of their very first moves was to decriminalize homosexuality.

    Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 1:10pm
  44. For what it’s worth, I recommend that you fight this in this manner: Contact KLM (Dutch airline) and Air France (obviously, French), both of whom are “partner” airlines of Aeroflot, and tell them that you will no longer fly with them if they continue to partner with a homophobic airline such as Aeroflot. The Russians care little what we think, but the Dutch and French care a lot.

    Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 1:19pm
  45. Russia has no tolerance for LGBT…It’s ridiculous!

    Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 1:37pm
  46. What the actual fuck.

    Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 6:26pm