ADDED ON: 10/26/2018

Anti-gay Russian MP Reported Hostage Situation to Shut down LGBT Film Festival, Organisers Claim

10/25/2018 | Pink News

The architect of Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law turned up at an LGBT+ film festival and physically blocked the entrance in an attempt to shut it down. Vitaly Milonov, a lawmaker in President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, turned up at the opening of the Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival at the Space Palma venue in St Petersburg on Wednesday evening (October 24). The MP is known internationally for his extreme anti-LGBT views, introducing the country’s 2013 law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientations” towards minors. The festival does not violate Milonov’s law because it is only open to over-18s.

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