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Mizulina and anti-gay hysteria: suffer the little children

by Natalia Antonova at 17/06/2013 15:13

As Russian photojournalist Ilya Varlamov joked a few days ago, "It's strange to observe a homophobic bacchanal in a country where most people were raised by a same-sex couple: their mother and grandmother."

All jokes aside, the assault on LGBT people in Russia appears to be far from over. State Duma deputy Yelena Mizulina, inspired by a new law banning "the propaganda of non-traditional orientation" to minors, now wants to go after families.

In a recent television interview, Mizulina stated that she now wants to establish a legal basis for removing the children from same-sex couples.

I would like to invite Mizulina and all of the deputies who support her to watch a video of children being lined up and beaten at a state care facility in Amursky region.

Natalia Antonova, Acting Editor-in-Chief

© RIA Novosti.

Natalia Antonova, Acting Editor-in-Chief

Little boys are lined up against the wall. They are systematically whipped with a belt by an older girl. They are screaming from pain and terror. The older girl appears to be having a lot of fun. The people responsible for minding the children are nowhere to be seen.

As child psychologist and adoption expert Lyudmila Petranovskaya noted when the video first went viral in May of this year, this isn't even the worst thing that can happen to a child in state care in Russia. We have been spared leaked videos of rape, for example. Well, so far.

One can imagine what kind of adults these children grow into. Then again, why imagine? Just take a good look at the homeless people milling around a railway station, selling themselves for alcohol and drugs. A lot of these people begin their horrific journey at an institution where they were humiliated and abused.

Much like Varlamov, I am struck by how strange all of this is, especially considering the fact that Russia just went through a lot of soul-searching with regard to its orphans. Now that Americans are banned from adopting Russian children - it would seem logical that the fate of those children who remain trapped in state care facilities would be at the forefront of public discussion.

Instead, people like Mizulina apparently want there to be more orphans in state care in Russia. She will stop at nothing in her battle against scary gay people and other "non-traditional" folk.

I'll let you draw your own conclusions as to whether or not Mizulina ought to succeed.

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