This time a group of paratroopers violently attack a lone gay rights activist in St. Petersburg.
Russia's lower house passed a law earlier in June this year banning gay "propaganda.” As we previously reported, one could be charged with as much as holding a hand of a same sex person, wearing a multicolored shirt or even displaying a rainbow flag alongside a maple leaf! Russia has said it will enforce the law when it hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Numerous protests, demonstrations and boycotts followed the implementation of the controversial law. Bar owners in the West outraged by Putin's new 'gay propaganda' law started clearing their shelves of Russian vodka in protest.
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Also, President Barack Obama appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show on Tuesday and said that he has “no patience” for countries, like Russia, that intimidate and harm individuals based on their sexual orientation.
“I think they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics, we wouldn't tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently,” said Obama.
Obama continued, “One of the things I think is very important for me to speak out on is making sure that people are treated fairly and justly because that's what we stand for, and I believe that that's a precept that's not unique to America. That's just something that should apply everywhere.”