Feb 14

LGBTQ in Russia and Customs Union countries (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan)

Vera Akulova: “You” are guilty too, not just Putin “When you rant about the awful, cruel Putin, you should understand that Putin is really just a cog in the machine. Of course he gets his part of the benefits. Just like you do. Yes, in Russia like in most parts of the world, people work extremely hard for laughable amounts of money, they don’t have a say in who’s governing them, and when they try to protest, they are likely to get beaten up or arrested — all this so that you, sitting comfortably in your nice little bars and cafés (we don’t have such nice and cheap venues, you know, because small businesses are crushed by high taxes), can abuse the oh so uncivilized, backward Russia and pity the poor poor Russian gays (because everybody keeps forgetting about lesbians: they, that is to say, we, make the picture too complicated).”

Russian embassy compares antigay bias and violence to gingerism in England

How anti-gay groups use ‘Russian Facebook’ [VK] to persecute LGBT people: Widespread homophobia affects Russia’s online communities – and little is being done to stop it

Valentines day: parents say schools are engaging in gay propaganda

Time mag says Sochi mayor and Putin used gay bar as part of Potemkin village

Tsymbalova threatened

After “insult” against Brest war memorial, Kiselev compares Iwo Jimo memorial to gay sex

Esquire Russia story makes 2 composites out of all Children-404 letters. In English.

APA gay subcommittee makes brochure for Russians in Russian. Here is English.

Milonov coloring book

Racist tweet sending, Olympic flame lighting Irena Rodnina says western media just wants to hate Russia

Adoption by marriage equality countries is limited even further, including unmarried couples as well as married couples and gay people

Irina R.’s daughter

Lgbt info in Russian

Internet censorship and regulations under discussion

From Belarus: Look at all newspaper articles about homosexuality from 1997-2005.

Lawmaker calls for Kazakhstan to ban sex between women
A Kazakh lawmaker wants ‘lesbianism’ banned alongside sex between men as the country considers a new Criminal Code

Russian-Americans

Russian American gay man’s pro Russian opinion on Sochi, in state owned media Russia Beyond the Headlines

Masha Gessen on Citibank closing her account

Kiev Protests/ the Euromaidan

Will ukraine split?

“A number of well-known scholars on Ukrainian nationalism expressed their concern about, as they claimed, misrepresentation of Ukrainian protests by the international media unjustifiably over-emphasizing significance and centrality of the far right participation in a broad and diverse Euromaidan movement for the sake of empty sensationalism. Moreover, they point to a network of authors and institutions who may purposefully use such exaggerations to serve imperialist interests of Russia in Ukraine. No doubts, appeals for a balanced and objective media coverage can never be irrelevant. However, academic experts, who are politically liberal in the same time, are turning the real problem upside down. All in all, it is not superficial and sensational media reports together with some possible Kremlin conspiracy which are discrediting Ukrainian protests. Euromaidan is discredited by the non-imagined far right wing of the protest. It is the origins of the problem, not the other way around, that must be addressed in the first place.”

Trade, loan, and gas conflicts between Russia and other countries, Ukrainian oligarchs, etc-

Endgame Nears In EU’s Antitrust Showdown With Gazprom

The Geopolitics of Gas Exports

Civil Society and Political Opposition in Russia

Navalny: Mps are willing to be gay on demand to get visas

Internet censorship and regulations

“Western” Activist, Civil Society, Celebrity, Media, Corporate, and Governmental Responses to Russian LGBTQ Crisis

Funny or die memo

Coming Russian gay refugee crisis

Buddy Cole covers sochi for Colbert

interview with gay ambassador Dan Baer

dressing the us speedskating team

Enough liberal pieties on sochi and gay rights: “Google and the Guardian: what about doing something substantial, like countering the monies that US evangelical churches siphon to African countries with funding for the LGBT communities in those key warzones?”

Political Research Associates guy interviewed on NPR

French tv show on LGBT in Russia. Video here.

APA brochure for Russia

Nightline on gay Russian situation

Many Russian LGBT seek asylum in Europe, and ORAM issues guide

Sochi Olympics

Anti gay American protesters in sochi

Five ring fever: rosalux event on sochi and celebration capitalism

Why Sochi? Russia launched its Olympic bid in 2006, a moment when Putin was basking in his hard-won status as the leader who had finally vanquished the long-running rebellion in Chechnya

Circassian media failure

Other Olympics and the World Cups (Brazil 2014, Russia 2018, Qatar 2022)

Qatar World Cup labor contest

Five ring fever: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung event on Sochi and celebration capitalism

Geopolitical Context and Russian Internal Politics

Russian ambitions in Middle East

Why Sochi? Russia launched its Olympic bid in 2006, a moment when Putin was basking in his hard-won status as the leader who had finally vanquished the long-running rebellion in Chechnya

It’s not a Russian tradition to invite criticism, or to enjoy it,” says Oleg Shamonayev, a spokesman for Sport-Express, a leading Moscow sports news daily. “I’ve noticed that Americans sometimes ask for critical opinions. They seem to think contrary viewpoints are part of the process, but our mentality here is different. Our leaders do not appreciate criticism. And the Sochi Games were Putin’s personal project; to criticize the Games is to criticize Putin himself,” he says. “We don’t have any significant ideological differences,” [putin] told RT. “But we do have fundamental cultural differences. Individualism lies at the core of the American identity while Russia has been a country of collectivism…. Russians have different, far loftier ambitions, more of a spiritual kind, it’s more about your relationship with God. We have different visions of life. That’s why it is very difficult to understand each other but it is still possible.”

Saakashvili Times editorial “Though my country, Georgia, has almost no oil, it might hold the answer. For the last nine years, Georgia has been growing at a higher rate than Russia. Two years ago, I initiated unilateral visa-easing with Russia. Since then, more than one million Russians have come to visit. These predominantly urban middle-class visitors from a wealthier country came in part to admire Georgia’s much better services and infrastructure. Usually it’s the other way around: People from poorer countries go to the richer ones for that experience.”

Stephen Cohen: “The degradation of mainstream American press coverage of Russia, a country still vital to US national security, has been under way for many years. If the recent tsunami of shamefully unprofessional and politically inflammatory articles in leading newspapers and magazines—particularly about the Sochi Olympics, Ukraine and, unfailingly, President Vladimir Putin—is an indication, this media malpractice is now pervasive and the new norm.”

A growing interest in the biopolitical dimensions of Russia’s key institutions of power could end up challenging some of the branding strategies. For example, only a few months after the Universiade in Kazan, the local seminary became a focus of scandalous revelations about homosexuality among the priests. Of course, from the standpoint of the Kremlin’s ideology of conservative normalisation, this is precisely what has to be purged and eradicated and purified. But the very fact that the Russian Orthodox Church is implicated may complicate the use of moral and religious motifs in promoting the Kazan brand.

Big vs small Cities

The Geopolitics of Gas Exports

“the Russian Turn”: laws in African countries to ban pro gay speech or political association/ organizing. Divestment and aid conditionality arguments

Blog from Ugandan science major undergrad on homosexuality

Enough liberal pieties on sochi and gay rights: “Google and the Guardian: what about doing something substantial, like countering the monies that US evangelical churches siphon to African countries with funding for the LGBT communities in those key warzones?”

NYT editorial on law in Nigeria

Jeff Sharlet on Uganda in Harper’s (from 2010)

Kda demo in DC

The US-Based International Social Conservative Movement

Enough liberal pieties on sochi and gay rights: “Google and the Guardian: what about doing something substantial, like countering the monies that US evangelical churches siphon to African countries with funding for the LGBT communities in those key warzones?”

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