anti-LGBT violence / russia

Why does Vlad hate the gays?

On Jan. 25, Anton Krasovsky, editor-in-chief of Kremlin-backed television channel Kontr-TV, came out during a live broadcast. “I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as President Putin, as Prime Minister Medvedev and the deputies of our Duma,” Krasovsky said.

But you won’t find a video of Krasovsky’s announcement anywhere on the web. It was deleted from Kontr-TV’s website, along with Krasovsky’s own corporate e-mail account and any pages about him.

Krasovsky was forced to resign from his position three days after he made the statement. According to Krasovsky, the uproar over his coming out wasn’t necessarily the announcement of his sexual orientation, but that he said he was the same as everyone else.

According to surveys conducted by the Levada Center polling agency, homosexuals are eyed warily in contemporary Russia, to put it mildly. A poll taken in April 2013, showed that 35 percent of respondents consider homosexuality to be a disease and 43 percent characterized it as a bad habit.

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(Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines, 6-Aug-2013)

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