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Russian toy store chain accused of ‘promoting homosexuality’

Monday, December 16, 2013

MOSCOW — A Russian toy store chain is under investigation for selling a game that allegedly “promotes homosexuality,” prosecutors said Friday.

FantyThe right wing Parent’s Committee of Stavropol filed a complaint with Russian police after purchasing the game at a Katyusha toy store chain outlet.

According to the Parent’s Committee, the game — named Fanty — encourages “non-traditional sexual relations” by “instructing players to act out the seduction of members of the same-sex like in an erotic film.”

Earlier this year Russia, passed a federal law banning the promotion of “non traditional sexual relationships” to minors.

Hefty fines can be imposed on those who provide information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to minors or hold gay pride rallies.

The Kermlin-controlled RIA Novosti news agency reported that the Katyusha toy store chain, where “the game was labeled for children 12 and older, will be informed of the results of the investigation after 30 days, according to the local prosecutor’s office.”

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Elena Selyukova, a spokesperson for the Katyusha toy store chain, said the game has now been removed from all stores.

Moscow LGBT rights campaigner, Nikolai Baev, told LGBTQ Nation that the “Parent’s Committee is an ultra conservative umbrella organization which has branches throughout Russia.”

“They are very closely connected with Russian orthodox church and clerical nationalist groups and act as a watch dog — demanding to ban performances, plays, movies which seem them to be ‘pro gay,’ ‘anti Russian,’ ‘dangerous for children’ and so on,” he said.

“Putin’s Russia is a land of absurdity,” said Baev.

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  1. Idiots.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:14am
  2. Wtf ???!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:14am
  3. Screw russia…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:18am
  4. Wtf is wrong with these people? ?!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:22am
  5. Russia is ass backwards!!! Give me a break…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:24am
  6. Wait till they see Teletubbies….

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:24am
  7. The more I hear about this homophobic Putin, the more I am convinced he’s a closet gay. Fack u Putin

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:24am
  8. I wish I had a homo game when I was a kid. All I had was a pink easybake oven :)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:25am
  9. but they work great for desserts

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:57am
  10. I had the same easy-bake oven

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:46am
  11. Priceless! :D

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:29am
  12. And people don’t see holocaust written all over this fanatic mentality?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:27am
  13. More scapegoating.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:29am
  14. I don’t get it…. Why are these people not standing up for themselves…. History looks like its repeating itself yet again.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:41am
  15. When they stand up for themselves, they get beaten to death with planks of wood.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:26am
  16. The orthadox chuch has a lot of influence over people there, the anti-gay law has the support of the people and won’t be changing soon and may get worse. It sucks for our Russian LGBT brothers and sisters but I see little hope for them.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:41am
  17. lol Crazy people

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:42am
  18. russia promotes stupidity.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:47am
  19. united nations we need ur help

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:49am
  20. well said

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:07am
  21. Cray-Crayy!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:54am
  22. I would like an explanation of how…?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:01am
  23. Russia today seems very much like the USSR of the Cold War era. I don’t see any changes from then till now.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:07am
  24. USSR were not that *propagandisticaly* homophobic as Russia now. Never. And under Lenin and Trotsky the USSR was even a LGBT-friendly and very pro-feminist country. One of the most progressive in the world in those times. Putin's attack on LGBT community reminds me more the Czarist regime and white-guards using Jewish community as a scapegoat. Russia needs a liberatarian-communist revolution against the church-capital-state regime.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:20am
  25. I would hate to see what Russia’s version of the Game of Life would look like….

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:10am
  26. “Putin’s Russia is a land of absurdity.” Best damned quote I’ve ever heard

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:16am
  27. It’s about time we were “promoted”. I love how they say homosexuality is non-traditional. We have been around as long as heterosexuals. So, we are just as traditional as they are.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:22am
  28. This is going to get much worse. I think we’re witnessing genocide.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:24am
  29. I think you are right. Then who will be next?

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:28am
  30. I swear if this doesn’t stop, there is going to be a gay pogrom. We need to start helping gay people get out of Russia.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:25am
  31. Putin would shoot at a bird flying side ways if the delusion in his head told him to shoot it.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:33am
  32. They should never have stocked those Gay Bob dolls!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:33am
  33. The target of their suppression might have changed but their tactics have not.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:40am
  34. Another country off my bucket list.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:41am
  35. The idea that there may be a “next” Mary, possibly India, just depresses me. The overwhelming hatred. I just can’t comprehend it

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:51am
  36. Fuck Russia. Let’s bring back the cold war. I don’t like these assholes.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:28am
  37. Insane country.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:47am
  38. the game promotes sex starting with 12 yr olds…that’s the freaky part…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:59am
  39. I really can’t stand this scapegoating bs. Thing I hate most about homophobes is they act like bad parents blaming videogames (or anything equally stupid) for what they don’t like. If homosexaulity were a matter of nurture it is 100% on the parents/home environment just like everything else.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:59am
  40. About as goofy as it gets

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:13am
  41. Assholes…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 9:09am
  42. Rate it 18 and up then. Problem solved

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 9:29am
  43. Strange that most comments on here are from Americans, your own country is a leading light in gay rights yeah ?
    Thing’s will only get worse & all our elected governments are just standing by and allowing a possible mass genocide of Russia’s lgbt community
    President Putin is following the same dark steps that hitler took in 1936 & look at the consequences of his actions over 8.5 million people died due to the insanity of a culturally inept psychopath
    President Obama’s should be speaking out against Russia and it’s bigoted regime, David Cameron won’t say anything against his own fuck buddy president rasputin instead he just keeps his mouth shut whilst taking the Russian rubels

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 9:51am
  44. This is slowly becoming a full blown witch hunt.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:52am
  45. It’s impossible to ‘promote’ a trait one is born with that cannot be acquired any other way. Hetero people have consistently declined! Putin must be in the closet.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:32am
  46. what can you say….they are going backwards…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:32pm
  47. Good for them..!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:15pm
  48. Russia really is full of idiots.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:06pm
  49. Witch hunts! The Winter Olympics will be staged in a Country that has witch hunts! Sheeesh!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:15pm
  50. Is it like a Monopoly board – you pass Gay and collect $200?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 1:54am