Prominent Russian LGBT Activist: "No Point" In Boycotting Russian Vodka
When it comes to LGBT activists in Russia, Nikolai Alekseev is easily the best known internationaly. Now, Nikolai is putting his global credibility to use in a campaign against a gay boycott on Russian vodkas.
"To be honest, I don’t see the point in boycotting the Russian vodka," Nikolai said in a release to Gay Star News. "It will impact anyone except the companies involved a little bit. The effect will die out very fast, it will not last forever.’
"And what is the aim of this boycott?" he added. "The producers, even if they become bankrupt because of the boycott (which is unlikely) will not be able to influence Russian politics and President Putin as well as the decisions of the State Duma."
Instead of a boycott on Russian vodkas, Nikolai suggests that countries ban homophobic Russian lawmakers from entering their respective nations.
"Just three or four persons on the visa ban list of the EU, USA, UK and several other countries will dissuade other Russian politicians to follow this path. This is the only thing which can effectively work. Pressure your governments to put the authors of those laws on the black lists for the entrance visas. They will suffer and others will think twice. Nothing else will work!"
Do you agree with Nikolai? Is a ban on Russian vodka futile?
(Image and source: Gay Star News)