No More Gay Parades

The law introducing fines for ‘promoting’ homosexuality has passed the second reading in St. Petersburg, Russia’s ‘cultural capital’ and the home of Peter Tchaikovsky, a great composer and a gay. At least three other regions have already adopted similar legislation: Ryazan, Kostroma and Arkhangelsk.

Male homosexual relationship was a criminal offence in Russia until 1993. Regional parliaments cannot bring it back to the Criminal Code, but they can impose penalties for conduct they consider unacceptable.