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Russian Prime Minister criticizes Duma, gay ‘propaganda’ law

Friday, December 6, 2013

MOSCOW — Former Russian president and current Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday criticized the country’s lawmakers and recent passage of an anti-gay law, saying the Duma, Russia’s federal Parliament, has switched its focus from political bans to private life.

Dmitry Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev

Medvedev told Russian journalist Marianna Maksimovskaya that a “gay propaganda” law passed last June and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, and other recent initiatives to ban free abortions and children’s beauty pageants, serve only to “protect feelings of religious believers.”

Medvedev said the Duma “may offer exotic initiatives, but that does not mean that they should be supported.”

“In every parliament there have always been initiatives that are systemic, and others are exotic. They may be diverse. Some of them do not get any support. These initiatives are mentioned, but neither the executive authority, nor the president do not have anything to do with them,” he said. “They were formed by the parliament.”

Medvedev said that the Duma has their own ideas about morality “so sometimes they propose some quite peculiar initiatives… you know , it’s their attitude towards life.”

“It does not mean I endorse them. On the contrary, I am not a supporter of hypocritical approaches to life. I emphasize again, these are people who make decisions and formulate their proposals. They need to be treated with a certain respect, but that does not mean that they should be supported,” said Medvedev.

Last month, Russia’s highest court ruled that the controversial law banning “gay propaganda” is not in breach of that nation’s Constitution, and that the state is obliged to protect motherhood, childhood and family.

In addition to his duties as Prime Minster, Medvedev is a chairman of the ruling majority “United Russia” party, which voted in favor of the gay propaganda ban law.

Recent polling in Russia finds that the anti-gay law has significant support among Russian citizens. About three-quarters (77 percent) of Russians said homosexuality should not be accepted by society, 16 percent said it should be accepted, and 7 percent were neutral or had no opinion.

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25 more reader comments:

  1. cue emerging power struggle in russia

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:49pm
  2. What a brave man I hope he doesn’t “disappear” Russian style.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:51pm
  3. I have a short attention span. Is this a 1970′s joke?

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:51pm
  4. Good for him – hope he doesn’t end up in the gulag :)

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:55pm
  5. Angel of the Road.

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:05am
  6. oh, wow, didn’t see that coming

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:15am
  7. Maybe he should be a gay activist if he feels that way

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:17am
  8. I’ve always prefered Dmitry Medvedev to Putin. I know Medvev certanly isn’t perfect. But he is by far, the better out of the two. It is a disgrace that Putin became President again! It should still be Medvedev!

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:22am
  9. Is he on his way to the gulag! Agreed Steve, you beat me to it :)

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:28am
  10. Maybe we should stay out of Russian affairs. Countless Russians have asked the US and other countries to STOP pressuring the government and to mind their own business, yet we continue to poke our heads in a place where even the gays don’t want us.

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:28am
  11. Good for him

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:43am
  12. Thank you learn from Mandela hate and discrimination are poison !

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:55am
  13. Dmitry Medyeyev harbours very correct and good ideas. He is, unfortunately, powereless — no matter how much a Prime Minister he is.

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:32am
  14. Putin will find something useful for him to do..:(

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:45am
  15. Bravo Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev…Thank you for standing up to oppression of the LGBTQ community…Courage and strength to you!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:45am
  16. Holy shit…

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 5:12am
  17. too bad Medvedev is a Putin controlled puppet figure head of a politician. He can disagree with everything Putin does, and yet he has NO POWER to stop Putin in any way. I Miss Yeltzen.

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 5:50am
  18. Where the Soviet Union used to rule with an Iron Curtain, The US now rules with an Iron Fist. It’s sad that there are problems with gay rights in Russia, today, but at least they are progressing in the right direction, where as The US is simply showing the world what its true intentions really are for everyone in the world.

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 6:06am
  19. Was very disappointed when Medvedev was forced out so Putin can come back into power. Really think this man is right for Russia. Ive seen the way he does things, and seems like a very genuine, and honest man. Now with this news, i know for sure Russia needs a man like this to move them forward. Feel so sorry for the Russian Citizens under Adolf Putin…:-(

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 6:08am
  20. Spaceeba, tovarish….keep moving forward.

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8:00am
  21. Finally some dissenting voice in this country with a rather backward, paranoid, homophobic general populace where the theistically delusional and bigoted segment appears to be growing in influence within the last 25 years.

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8:56am
  22. Everything Russian is on my shit list !!

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 10:19am
  23. Well there were so many cases here in America of adopted parent’s sending adopted russian children back due to mental issues to the point that not to many if any American’s are looking at Russia to adopt children, The only ones that could deal with those type of issues are the people from italy, No one cares, this one another attempt to end same sex couples from adopting lol….. Keep slipping back to 1803 russia while the rest of the world keep advancing…. Sicko’s

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 11:13am
  24. Where are all these real ministers coming from? : o finally getting a spotlight… good.

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:59pm
  25. And the reason for this backflip?

    Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 3:45pm