Homosexuality is not illegal in Russia. Despite this, President Vladimir Putin has recently instituted a raft of laws that violate the rights of gay people living in – and visiting – Russia. (These rights are supposed to be constitutionally protected, FYI.)
In some cases gay pride parades in Moscow (and other cities) have been banned, gay rights groups have been fined for the crime of acting as ‘foreign agents’, and it is now illegal to distribute ‘propaganda’ about homosexuality to minors.
This is has led to calls for boycotts of the 2014 Winter Olympics which will be held in Russia – with many concerned about the safety of Australia’s gay athletes while they are competing.