This was certainly predictable. After 70 years of official atheism and suppression of the church, the Russian Orthodox Church has made a big comeback in Russia and they’re flaunting that power by beating up homosexuals. Color me unsurprised. After the mayor of Moscow refused to allow a gay pride march because homosexuality is “Satanic”, the march went ahead anyway and the police and anti-gay thugs decided to teach them a lesson:
Riot police detained gay rights activists as they tried to present a petition asking Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has called gay marches satanic acts, to lift a ban on the parade.
Nationalists and extreme Russian Orthodox believers held icons and denounced homosexuality as “evil” while a group of thick-set young men turned up with surgeon’s masks, which they said would protect them from the “gay disease.”
And the ones arrested, naturally, were the peaceful protesters, not the violent thugs. Mr. Orwell, call your office.