Russia Doesn't Discriminate Against Gays, According To Vladimir Putin
Even with a law that bans talking about the existence of gay people in public, Russia is incredibly supportive of its LGBT community.
At least that's what Russian President Vladimir Putin would have you believe.
When asked about a recently passed bill that would impose fines of up to 1 million rubles ($30,000) for promoting homosexuality toward minors, Putin said that sexual minorities "are full fledged members of our society and are not being discriminated against in any way."
"It's not about imposing some sort of sanctions on homosexuality...It's about protecting children from such information," Putin said.
"Certain countries...think that there is no need to protect [children] from this...But we are going to provide such protection the way that State Duma [parliamentary] lawmakers have decided. We ask you not to interfere in our governance," he said.
Boy, the two Russian LGBT members who were murdered in the past month for being "full fledged members of our society" would've been very relieved to hear Putin's words, right?