“To be honest, I don’t see the point in boycotting the Russian vodka,” he said.
“It will [not] impact anyone except the companies involved a little bit. The effect will die out very fast, it will not last forever.”
Alekseev added: “And what is the aim of this boycott? The producers, even if they become bankrupt because of the boycott (which is unlikely) will not be able to influence Russian politics and President Putin as well as the decisions of the State Duma.”
“The Tverskoy district court had previously banned public events that qualified as gay parades from March 2012 to May 2112. In defiance, leading gay activist Nikolay Alekseev claimed to have found a loophole in Russian legislation and submitted requests for gay pride parades for the next 100 years to the Moscow Mayor’s office. But the Moscow city court has now upheld the refusal of Alekseev’s requests. It’s a decision which he claims was not unexpected and he plans to first appeal to the high courts in Russia and, failing that, he will take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.
‘We wanted to see the reaction so we could show the European Court of Human Rights that it’s not just past events which are banned illegally but also the future events,’ he told Gay Star News.
He added: ‘It was a way for us to show the absurdity of the system for gaining permission for public events.'”
Good job Nikolai Alekseev, you have brought world’s attention on Moscow’s discrimination against the LGBT community. I hope we can follow through and keep the pressure on Russia to change it’s ways.
Our favorite Russian activist Nikolai Alexeyev has won the honor of being the first person
charged under St. Petersburg’s “Gay Propaganda” ban. He was convicted Friday, and sentenced a fine of 5,000 rubles ($170).
On April 12th, Alexeyev was arrested for holding a sign that said “Homosexuality Is Not a Perversion” at St. Petersburg’s City Hall. The “proof” the judge used to convict Alexeyev under the ban, were “statements from several people who had expressed concern to the court that Alexeyev’s actions might harm their children,” reports Interfax.
[Insert sarcasm here] Yeah, that totally sounds legit.
Alexeyev of course rightfully denied these idiotic claims, saying “I do not know what it means to promote homosexuality, and I do not admit my guilt” and promised to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights if need be.
Russia, I would shake my head at you if it wasn’t already weighed down with blighted hope. The situation becomes more dubious for the Russian LGBT community as the St. Petersburg legislator pass the ‘Gay Propaganda’ bill through its second reading.
The bill’s purpose is to ban the ‘promotion of homosexuality’, and preserve the “minor’s moral and spiritual development,” which is the biggest bunch of santorum I’ve ever heard. RIA Novosti also tells us the fines have increased by a factor of 10, so now you can be fined up to 500,000 ($16,200) for “public activities promoting homosexuality (sodomy and lesbianism), bisexualism and transgender identity”.
My favorite Russian activist is up to his old tricks again. While staging a small, simple demonstration in Red Square he was promptly arrested along with some colleagues. Equality and is a global struggle and Nikolai always reminds me of this.
In November 2011 St Petersburg shocked the world. The legislative assembly approved, in its first reading, a bill which outlawed the promotion of homosexuality, transsexuality and pedophilia to minors. The passage of the bill provoked a quick reaction from local LGBT activists, who organised several protests against the initiative. It also mobilised the international community. The bill was condemned by MEPs, the US state department and thousands of people from around the world, who signed an online petition against its implementation.