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Milonov: The Sin of Sodom Is Repellent To Me

Published: March 28, 2012 (Issue # 1701)



  • Author of the gay law, Vitaly Milonov.
    Photo: SERGEY CHERNOV / SPT

In reality, gay pride events are usually banned in St. Petersburg and across Russia under various pretexts. If the activists attempt to proceed with the rallies, they are arrested, charged both with violating the rules for holding public demonstrations and failure to obey a policemans orders, held at police precincts for hours and eventually fined.

Milonov is, however, planning to complain about the German industrial metal band Rammsteins stadium concert that took place in St. Petersburg last month. Rammsteins set includes a spoof anal dildo sex/ejaculation routine.

Ill ask prosecutors to give an evaluation of this and probably take prosecutors measures against the promoter, he said.

There was an imitation of a homosexual act on stage and a non-imitation of sexual exposure with a demonstration of male sexual parts.

Rammstein is a matter of taste some like sodomites, some like Satanists, some like punks its silly to give a legal assessment of tastes. But the problem is that children older than 14 were allowed in to the concert. The promoter should have warned people that the concert contained scenes of an erotic nature and restricted admission for children under 16 or maybe even 18, but it wasnt done.

When singers show their sexual parts to children excuse me but I believe its an insult to the children of St. Petersburg. At 14 they are not yet legally competent, and perhaps they will treat it as something positive. [Rammstein] are music idols for them, and they are ready to copy their ways and habits. But we dont want our children to behave in such a manner.

Milonov, who is a member of a parish council of a local Orthodox church, said he saw the video footage of the routine on a local news website.

I couldnt even watch it to the end, he said.

I am not allowed to see such things, I am a church man, but it was shown to 14-year-old teenagers!

The St. Petersburg law has been criticized as violating Russias international human rights obligations. Milonov sees an international gay lobby as being behind this criticism.

We know that the gay community is a very powerful lobbying structure. They have their office in Brussels, they are welcome at the United Nations, the European Council and so on, but this is Europes problem; why should we copy European laws? Not everything that they have in Europe is acceptable for Russia.

There are a lot of good things in Europe. I am an extremely European man, I am fond of European culture. But I think that the new things that are emerging in Europe are negative, unlike the old things. European society emerged thanks to the Christians, to the Christian Democrats. Konrad Adenauer, Ludwig Erhard, Hanns Seidel they would be horrified to see what values are presented now as the norm.

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