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Moscow’s Awkward Response to a Orlando Shooting

A day after the deadliest sharpened uproar in U.S. history, Felix Glyukman and his beloved went to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. They were carrying with them a sign observant “Love Wins.”

The gay integrate had come to express their support for the 49 victims of a sharpened at a happy night bar in Orlando, Florida, on June 12. But the sign hold the police’s courtesy and the integrate was detained. When contacted by The Moscow Times, Glyukman was watchful to hear either they would be taken to court for violating Russian criticism laws.

“I’m still in shock at what happened,” he said. “We only went there to express a magnetism with the victims and their relatives. It wasn’t a political act.”

The couple’s arrest — and the successive dismissal of any LGBT symbols, such as rainbow flags, from the raise of flowers and letters at the embassy’s gates — is nonetheless another phenomenon of Russia’s infamously diligent attribute with a LGBT community.

Meanwhile, the Russian care was surprisingly blunt in its condemnation. Following the attack, the Kremlin announced President Vladimir Putin had offering his condolences and denounced the “barbaric crime” in a telegram sent to U.S. President Barack Obama.

Russian state media’s coverage has been mostly measured. It focused not as most on the club’s happy customers as on other aspects of the shooting, such as the gunman’s self-proclaimed devotion to Islamic State*, victims’ stories and U.S. gun laws. At times, however, the pro-Kremlin media couldn’t assistance itself and tried to score domestic points.

“If something like this had happened in Russia, the West would have now cried: ‘Homophobia!'” Kremlin proselytizer Dmitry Kiselyov pronounced during his weekly roundup on state television. “But this conflict on a happy bar was in the U.S., and we only empathize.”

According to political researcher Alexander Baunov, the attack provides a perfect eventuality for Russia to move toward normalizing family with the West, with an eye on lifting sanctions in the future. Much like in the issue of 9/11, it will also assistance Russia pull a bulletin for an anti-terrorism coalition, he says.

But the Kremlin’s acclimatisation is skin deep. As, for example, when Foreign Ministry mouthpiece Maria Zakharova lashed out on Facebook opposite homophobic reactions to the Orlando shooting. She wrote that observant that a Orlando victims had deserved to die since of their passionate course was allied to legitimizing the shooting of “children with developmental problems” or “an conflict on a hospital.” The difference misuse Zakharova shares the widespread Russian perspective of homosexuality as a disease.

On Jun 12, a day of a Orlando shooting, Ukraine’s Kiev hold a Gay Pride march. Largely uneventful and with full state backing, it was lauded as a pointer of Ukraine’s embracing of European values. Last month, the Moscow authorities incited down for the 11th year in a quarrel a request to allow a similar march in Moscow, citing the country’s supposed happy promotion law. The law creates it bootleg to display minors to anything that can be interpreted as celebrating LGBT people.

Gay rights romantic Nikolai Alexeyev, who filed the application for the Moscow honour event, described a  Kremlin’s response to Orlando as “complete hypocrisy.”

“[In Russia] the rights of LGBT people are constantly infringed, the number of violations is monstrous,” he says.

With homophobic view widespread in society, some fear Russia’s comparatively despotic gun laws could nonetheless be the best guarantee opposite a repeat of an Orlando unfolding in Russia. “The United States is at the forefront of the quarrel for tolerance, and look what happened,” says Glyukman. “Imagine if it were as easy to obtain a gun in Russia?”   

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/572704.html