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Putin defends Russian conservative values, anti-gay laws

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ivan Sekretarev, AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a state-of-the-nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin used his state-of-the-nation address on Thursday to defend conservative values, referring obliquely to his government’s anti-gay stance as he chided the West for treating “good and evil” equally.

Russia has faced Western criticism over a law banning “propaganda of non-traditional relations,” which gay rights groups say has given a green light to harassment and intimidation. The law has prompted activists across the world to demand a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.

In his 70-minute televised speech from an ornate Kremlin hall, Putin pledged to defend traditional family values, which he said were the foundation of Russia’s greatness and a bulwark against “so-called tolerance – genderless and infertile.”

He lamented the “review of norms of morality” going on in many other countries.

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“This destruction of traditional values from above not only entails negative consequences for society, but is also inherently anti-democratic because it is based on an abstract notion and runs counter to the will of the majority of people,” Putin said.

Quoting early 20th-century Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev, the president said conservatism does not stop society from progressing but “prevents it from falling backward into chaotic darkness and the state of primitive man.”

This statement was met with enthusiastic applause from the audience, which was comprised of lawmakers, judges, religious leaders and federal and regional officials.

Putin is believed to be a devout Christian, but it is only in recent years that he has taken a stand to promote conservative values and the Russian Orthodox Church as he seeks to consolidate his support base.

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  1. I feel sick

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:55pm
  2. I defend my right to call him an asshole.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:55pm
  3. Laws that are neither conservative or liberal. They are inhumane.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:56pm
  4. Burn in Hell you Bastard…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:57pm
  5. Agreed^^^

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:57pm
  6. Attitudes like this are indefensible. He’s the evil.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:57pm
  7. Dear Mr. PUTIN with all due respect go Fuck your self ignorant asshole

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:58pm
  8. Why don’t they just leave us be?! These people are making me throw up. Geez.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:58pm
  9. Piss off ya FuCk.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:58pm
  10. He’s the worst!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:59pm
  11. Bigots always defends other bigots.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:00pm
  12. Putin is a thug. I’d love the opportunity to throat punch him.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:00pm
  13. And the world is not gonna stop spinning just because Putin’s in it. Rise up and unite against ignorance, intolerance and stupidity.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:00pm
  14. Let’s take him out back!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:02pm
  15. I would like to see the statistics of gays suicide in Russia! this man is a monster approved by the most of his citizens.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:02pm
  16. He’s a self hating homosexual. I hope one day he can know peace.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:02pm
  17. I don't know if there's proof of that, but it's dumb to call all homophobes homosexual.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:22pm
  18. Now he ‘s getting scary!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:03pm
  19. Boycott the Winter Olympics – speak with your wallet!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:05pm
  20. Does anyone else just feel like jumping over that podium and choking him the fuck out !!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:06pm
  21. Evil comes in all forms!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:07pm
  22. strange!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:09pm
  23. Bigotry is never correct. It may be a choice (unlike sexual orientation) but it is never the correct choice.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:09pm
  24. This is perfect! Very, very true.

    Replied on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 3:25am
  25. Someone should get rid of this guy

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:10pm
  26. Down with Putin!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:13pm
  27. In the words of the fabulous Joan Rivers, “YOU’RE WORSE THAN HITLER!”

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:16pm
  28. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:16pm
  29. He would! Narrow mind!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:18pm
  30. Just shared this on my timeline with the following offer in the name of goodwill: For the ultra-conservative homophobes among us. Sometimes solutions to long standing problems just fall into our laps. Seems like Putin’s Russian ‘values’ fall closely in line with some heard recently here in the US. Maybe you should consider moving there where you’ll surely be happier with a government that ‘gets it’. For detailed emigration instructions contact @edwardsnowden. If you need to borrow me and my truck for the trip to the airport, please let me know in advance so I can makes sure to schedule time. LOL

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:22pm
  31. So in the closet like most homophobes

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:27pm
  32. He’ll enjoy the company of Hitler…in hell

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:30pm
  33. Just an evil man that is all.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:30pm
  34. This sounds like the same Family Value/Contract with America crap that New Gingrich tried pimping on us in the 90s. To be fair, Russia is very behind socially and their leader IS representing the majority of his supporters. It just happens that the majority of Russians are homophobic, racist assholes.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:33pm
  35. Putin couldn’t properly defend himself in an open debate. He requires script writers and time to prepare, since his brain is so flooded with vitriol.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:35pm
  36. I would say fuck him but I’m not a dude so he would not be interested.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:36pm
  37. Asshat

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:38pm
  38. religious Russians, that’s like an oxymoron

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:42pm
  39. Again he is Putin…
    … his foot in his mouth.

    Hard to do with his head stuck up there so far.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:45pm
  40. haha!..conservative values?!..I dont think he knew what it meant

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:47pm
  41. That’s it, Putin. No more oxygen for you.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:48pm
  42. asshole

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:48pm
  43. “it is based on an abstract notion and runs counter to the will of the majority of people”… holy shit, this guy is seriously braindamaged. What’s “abstract” about falling in love with a person regardless of their gender? And he literally says we should wipe out minorities! “Counter to the will of the majority of people”… fuck you, you pathetic braindamaged asshole. I do not say this else, but… you deserve to just fucking die, a slow painful death. You’re nothing but a loser, and you can’t escape from that.
    Yes, I’m pissed off. But it’s not my fault all this shit is shared all the time with no solution for it to be reached…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:52pm
  44. Down with Czar Putin

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:52pm
  45. Ahhh look it’s Rasputin grandson, Vladputin… LOL >_<

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:53pm
  46. Good for him, however I will continue my plans to boycott the Olympic Games and ensure I do not use my dollars to support the Russian economy. We can add India to that vow as well for their backward Supreme Court ruling….

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:56pm
  47. Evil man sad he is so clueless about all people of this World

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:59pm
  48. Vladimir Putinha…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:04pm
  49. Patrick O’Brien you also missed out on Australia who have repealed gay marriage yesterday

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:11pm
  50. He’s an idiot. Instead of taking his country forward he takes it backward

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:11pm
  51. This is nothing new from Putin. It really is a shame that Russia will bring in so much money and get so much exposure during the Olympics. Luckily, all of the exposure will not be positive for Putin.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:16pm
  52. I was going to make a crack about American conservatives and Putin, but neither would have thought it an insult. ….

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:21pm
  53. This is nothing but inhumane! Evil comes in all forms, Putin is one in a meatsuit.
    He is the evil to whitch he refers!

    It would be My pleasure to put him into all russian LGBT peoples pain and fear.

    Grow up Putin! Go back to your underground cave were you came from and take your stupid an dumb ASS laws with ya!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:21pm
  54. Boycott the Olympics

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:22pm
  55. He’s another Hitler

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:26pm
  56. doesn’t like him never will

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:28pm
  57. Putin can go fuck himself and his homophobic brethren.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:33pm
  58. LGBT divest from these backwards ass countries.
    LGBT divest from our own backwards ass states as well. Money speaks louder than words with these haters!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:36pm
  59. again, russia should isolate itself and leave the rest of the world in peace!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:36pm
  60. Putin has always had a history of being a terror to his people, why would it change now.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:39pm
  61. Puke!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:39pm
  62. This is how it all started before…. yeah easier to take a blind eye…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:40pm
  63. Russia is a dictatorship, he has had complete power for some time. There are other countries where the fight for LGBT rights are just as important, as well as in Russia. What horrifies me ab out this particular country is watching it all unfold before our eyes and how it is like he is following a play book from pre-WWII. This speech here says if any of us interfere it will start a war, probably just what he wants. This situation gets worse every day. This has never just been about LGBT rights and the world is blind to that just like they were blind 80 years ago.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:55pm
  64. pooty..your dress is ready,& your pumps have been polished.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:01pm
  65. Maybe we should encourage our Tea Party to mass emigrate to the Russian reactionary paradise.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:35pm
  66. Putin is just not a grown up yet

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:35pm
  67. Under Putin’s dark leadership, Russia is already “falling backward into chaotic darkness and the state of primitive man.”

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:37pm
  68. Fuck you! You bigot!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:48pm
  69. He’s such a closet case. Come out already, Putin. You know you’re gayer than gay. Embrace your inner homo!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:05pm
  70. you are advocating the systematic slaughter of a segment of your population you find detestable. that, mr putin, is genocide whether or not you choose to recognize it as such. no reason or excuse for it. you are a bigoted genocidal fuck the best of whom rolled down your mother’s leg and stuck to the sheet in a flea bag infested motel in some dilapidated prospect in moscow.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:10pm
  71. Sounds "Stalinesque" doesn't he...

    Replied on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 2:32am
  72. Hey…this is the perfect place for the far right and Tea Party folks to move to since they wanna secede so bad and all. They can just go ahead and relocate altogether and live under the ultraconservative white president that they want so bad and then we’ll all be happy.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:36pm
  73. ill bet he’s a closet queen

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:37pm
  74. “Conservative” is inaccurate. Repressive (very Russian) would be more apt.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:50pm
  75. Putin is channeling Stalin.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:08pm
  76. Fuck you Putty, Go kill yourself

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:25pm
  77. I’ve never known Russia to be Conservative. Pffft, lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:46pm
  78. This is the 21st Century–come into it!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:51pm
  79. Evil.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:40pm
  80. He IS an asshole!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:11pm
  81. Douche

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:38pm
  82. I am very concerned about the Olympics. As the get closer, statements like this, the allowance of protestors, etc are all signs that our atheletes may not be safe, gay or straight. BOYCOTT!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:36pm
  83. #chode

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:48pm
  84. He actually wears a shirt (lol). Been trying to figure out who he was trying to impress.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:48pm
  85. What did you expect? He’s a closeted bisexual.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:54pm
  86. I hope he doesn’t say he’s a Christian.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:55pm
  87. someone mentioned he’s a closet case..please asshole..get real..

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:06pm
  88. Haters will hate.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:43pm
  89. I hope things change over there …

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 12:03am
  90. feed that man a dick.

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 12:07am
  91. he really needs to be dead.

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 12:18am
  92. Defending denial. It’s right on his face

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 1:43am
  93. Boo! hisssss!

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 1:54am
  94. Spoken like a true Dictator! He’s NOT devout anything…just a thug!

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 2:29am
  95. How can he show his face in public? He should be so embarrassed because he is NUTS!

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 3:14am
  96. nazi putin

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 3:19am
  97. Putin is former KGB. He’s a sick and hateful piece of shit.

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 3:47am
  98. God bless Russia

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 3:49am
  99. And I gladly defend my right to tell him to take his homophobic comments and shove them where the sun don’t shine.

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 3:51am
  100. Screw this ahole ……

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 4:08am
  101. This dudes an ass, plan and simple.

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 4:12am
  102. It’s fine as long as he wishes to follow in the steps of Hitler and return Russia to the days of the Soviet!

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 4:18am
  103. Screwball for sure

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 4:25am
  104. thank God, he only rules Russia!

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 4:54am
  105. He is Vile …

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 4:58am
  106. I slurred and called him Stupin today, and I think I’m just going to stick to calling him that all the time now.

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 5:21am
  107. He must belong to the tea party. Who knew Putin was a republican?

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 5:22am
  108. Oh Putin, come on… we all know what good you have done to Russia… if we have to know the values, definitely you are not the person to talk to… you fear your defeat, you fear you will have no power… you are pure evil !!!

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 5:23am
  109. Oh sure…. HE can take it up the ass all he wants but its illegal for everyone else!! Mmmm Hmmmm!!

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 5:36am
  110. classic hypocrisy … He wants family values…. Yet divorced his wife ….. Shouldn’t he be stoned to death ?!?

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 6:10am
  111. Look at those eyes…cold and bitter like a Russian Winter. Hope things warm up. :/

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 6:12am
  112. We know he don’t like us LGBT people!

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 6:20am
  113. Another reason #Ukraine doesn’t want ‘closer ties’ #EuroMaidan

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 6:43am
  114. He can eat horseshit.

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 6:55am
  115. Fuck Puketin!

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7:05am
  116. He is an asshole and probably a closet gay.

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7:56am
  117. hello! My name is Sergei and I’m from Russia. Could you tell me, I know that LGBT is an association of the lesbians gays bi sexuals and transsexuals. but I have place myself on the another placement. I’m zoophile. what do you think about zoophiles rights and legalizing zoophilists marriage?my darling partner is a wonderful dog, we very happy to be together and wanna be marriage. by the way he’s a boy and we’re gays.

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:57am
  118. “…it is based on an abstract notion…”

    There is nothing abstract about real live people. We’re talking about living breathing people with mothers, fathers, families and feelings. There’s nothing abstract about that. Today’s gay adults were yesterday’s gay kids. Tomorrow’s gay adults are today’s gay children. Who will serve their legitimate needs? How can a legitimate government abandon and condemn these real people, its own citizens in need of protection?

    “…and runs counter to the will of the majority of people.”

    So what, the majority do not have any right to curtail anyone’s rights. Further, the majority do not have the right to define reality for anyone. Any number of people can be wrong all at once. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Discrimination against people because of an aspect of their birth is just plain wrong, and any ‘leader’ worthy of his or her followers ought to understand that.

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 9:53am
  119. Ship of Fools

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 2:36pm