Gays gassed at event in Russia

Renowned Russian homophobe and St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, reportedly showed up with Russian Orthodox activists at a gay rights event in St. Petersburg, Russia, yesterday, doused the attendees with a green antisceptic liquid, and then gassed the room.

Several attendees fell ill from the gas, according to a report from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Vitaly Milonov, the author of St. Petersburg, Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" ban, is apparently a tiny bit crazy

You know who else gassed the gays?

Milonov is the author of the local St. Petersburg version of a series of draconian “gay propaganda” laws that have caused quite a stir in the past two years.

Milonov is no stranger to controversy, and has disrupted gay events before.  Among other things, Milonov has claimed that homosexuality can be cured through fasting and prayer.

Milonov also suggested that gay athletes attending the Sochi Olympics should be arrested.

Milonov is also facing charges of anti-Semitism:

According to the svodka.net news website, Milonov stated that Jews “vilify any saint, it is in their tradition of 2,000 years, beginning with the appeals to crucify the Savior, ending with accusations of anti-Semitism against St. John of Kronstadt.”


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12 Responses to “Gays gassed at event in Russia”

  1. Drew2U says:

    …I’m not sure I follow your logic–in the instances you mentioned, the gassing was done by law enforcement and during a protest. Vilanov is not in any law enforcement organization, and the event was not a protest. Care to explain your apples to oranges comparison?

  2. FLL says:

    Good sleuthing, Mr. Chandler. You don’t normally associate GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly) with investigative journalism, but that is one good piece of journalism. Here is the link to my reply to Silver Witch on Americablog from March 19, 2014 in which I guessed that Moscow’s population would begin to demand a regime change:
    http://aravosis.wpengine.com/2014/03/putin-issues-veiled-threat-nato-member-estonia.html
    Here is part of my reply to Silver Witch (emphasis mine):

    As far as your comments about the chances of Russia’s social climate changing, I agree that you cannot force that. However, I’m sure that the relatively sophisticated population of Moscow is closely watching what happens in Kiev. Putin’s fear—and my hope—is that if Ukraine succeeds in creating a freer society, that Moscovites (and later, Russians in other parts of the country) will demand the same freedom. It will happen in Ukraine before it happens in Russia, which is why I think it’s so important for Ukraine to succeed as a society with free speech and free elections, something that Russia doesn’t have yet.

    And yesterday, there were tens of thousands on Moscow’s streets marching against Putin’s war in Ukraine. To Americablog’s Putin fans, I told you so and I’m really
    r-u-b-b-i-n-g__i-t__i-n. Have a nice day, everyone.

  3. Don Chandler says:

    Found this old article on GQ dated february 14th concerning what it’s like in Russia for Gays:

    http://www.gq.com/news-politics/big-issues/201402/being-gay-in-russia

  4. FLL says:

    Today’s pics from Moscow.

  5. Guest says:

    Today’s pics from Moscow:

  6. FLL says:

    Nicho’s comment below suggests that the U.S. is in some unique category. Wrong. The police forces of every major country have used tear gas against street protests at one time or another. What no country (other than Russia) does is allow a well-known politician and his thugs to physically assault people inside a cafe without convicting the perps. False equivalency. But that’s not the “bad news item” for the Putin fans here at Americablog. This is:

    Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia’s alleged complicity in the conflict.

    From today’s Huffpo article (link here). Uh-oh.

  7. Maliban Al Maliban says:

    The only purpose of the gas was to kill the anal wart spores.

  8. FLL says:

    These people were gassed not while protesting in the street, but while attending a festivity held inside a cafe. And I doubt very much that the Russian authorities will give Vitaly Milonov so much as a fine for it. Ha, ha, very funny. OK, Putin fanboys, let’s make the humor equal opportunity. A brief Google tour shows that the Russian ruble has been losing value for most of this year. Here is a link from March 21 of this year showing the Russian ruble having lost 27% of its value against the Euro during the one-year period before that:

    http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article44906.html

    Anecdotal evidence indicates that, as of now, the ruble has lost about half its value against Western currencies. On top of that, the Russian economy is more or less a function of its oil and gas exports, or as one member of the U.S. Senate put it, “Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country.” That is rather unfortunate because to succeed, Russia has to develop its oil and gas resources in the Arctic. But that particular type of equipment and technology is controlled by the Norwegians and the British who use it in the North Sea. Russia is now deprived of both the equipment and technology to develop its Arctic energy resources because of European economic sanctions resulting from Russia’s military incursions in Ukraine. The ruble in the toilet and no more energy development in the Russian Arctic. Oh no, Putin fanboys! This is really getting to be something of a mess, n’est ce pas? So don’t laugh too hard about Vitaly Milonov gassing gay folks inside a cafe. Save some laughter for the just desserts that the Putin regime and its allies, like Milonov, are reaping. Come on, your sense of humor has to be equal opportunity.

    English: Ha ha ha ha ha.
    Spanish: Ja ja ja ja ja.

    Best wishes from South Florida.

  9. nicho says:

    Blacks and whites gassed at event in Ferguson, MO, USA. Occupy protestors gassed in numerous locations in the USA at the direction of the Obama administration. Let’s not throw stones while we’re living in a big, glass house.

  10. BeccaM says:

    What a vile man.

  11. Bill_Perdue says:

    Former Stalinists turned gangster capitalists turned bigots are very ugly and very dangerous.

    We should demand that the Russian police arrest this pig and that Russian prosecutors seek the death sentence for depraved indifference and assault.

    And we should urge the IGLHRC, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and the activists at ALL OUT to begin pushing for arrest and prosecution.

    https://iglhrc.org/

    http://ilga.org/

    https://www.allout.org

  12. Hue-Man says:

    “A conference of anti-gay groups in Moscow has called for lobbyists to
    attempt to introduce ‘gay propaganda’ laws across the world.” http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/09/14/moscow-anti-gay-conference-plans-spread-of-gay-propaganda-laws-across-the-world/

    Is it a coincidence that these two events happened in the same week? Did the American gay-haters help organize the gassing? Or did they bring the gas with them? Can we expect them to do the same thing on their return to the USA? Nothing would surprise me after their vocal support for Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” Bill (as modified).

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