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Medvedev– Democracy Might Be Cool!

The election of Dimitry Medvedev last year raised hopes that a man whose background was in law rather than in the KGB might usher in a new era of respect for law and order. Instead, he has given lip service to the institution of democratic procedures and allow the Putin approach to authoritarian democracy to continue as the mode of government in Russia. Medvedev told human rights campaigners he was receptive to the idea of setting aside a small area in central Moscow that might serve as a Russian model of the famous British Hyde Park. “It looks cool,” he said of a proposed Speakers’ Corner. ” I need to speak with Russian authorities and build our very own Hyde Park.”

I hate to tell President Medvedev this minor point, but he IS Russian authority. Just look in the mirror and say OK.

Gay Leaders Ask Medvedev Assistance

The Moscow organizers of a gay pride parade have appealed to newly elected President Dimitry Medvedev to help circumvent a ban by the city of Moscow against such a demonstration. A City Hall representative said the activities of gay leaders were “not worth a damn.” The Moscow LGBT Aliance asked the president to intervene on their behalf. “We, the leaders of the LGBT community of Russia, appeal to you for help in defending our rights as citizens, and bring an end to discrimination against sexual minorities on the part of Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov.”

The reaction of deputy Mayor Vladmir Resin, exemplified the anti-gay attitude of the mayor of Moscow. After saying he didn’t give a damn about gays, he added: “Construction takes up all my strength, and what’s left needs to be spent on women.”

A tragedy of the new Russia is maintenance of old Soviet attitudes toward gay and lesbian rights. It is doubtful if Medvedev;s response will be very different from the bigots who control Moscow’s government.

No Gay Time For Gays In Moscow May Festivities

Gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev blasted the Moscow City hall after Mayor Yury Luzkhov’s office turned down a proposal for a gay pride parade durng the holidays at the start of May. Sergei Tsoi, a spokesperson for the mayor, accused gay rights activists of attempting to spoil a wonderful May Day labor oriented celebration by their desire to parade since such an action would mean there “could be blood, which no one wants.” His comment drew an angry response from Alexeyev who pointed out: “As if gays don’t support peace and don’t work. Don’t we pay taxes that support this government. I don’t underestand this at all.”

In 2006, Mayor Luzhkov described the idea of a gay parade as a “satanic event and his office has turned down every request by gays for a parade since then. The Moscow City Court has upheld the right of City Hall to turn down requests for parades as perfectly constitutional.