Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Slavophiles win again

Thanks to Rebecca Small for pointing out this article.

The Slavophiles seem to be winning this political argument. (See also: Slavophiles and Zapadniki )

Russian anti-gay bill sets off furor
While many countries, including the United States, are fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation, Russia seems intent on intensifying it… the state Duma passed the first reading of a bill prohibiting distribution of “gay propaganda” to minors, which opponents fear would make gay pride marches, demonstrations for gay rights and public displays of affection by same-sex couples illegal. Moscow already bans gay pride parades on the grounds that they might set off public disorder…

The national bill follows the passage of similar laws in St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and three other cities, tapping into an ideology promoted by President Vladimir Putin and his circle that combines anti-Westernism, Russian exceptionalism and conservative Orthodox religious beliefs…

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