Wednesday, July 31, 2013

3 Good Ways To Support LGBT Russians <i>Besides</i> Boycotting Stoli

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 3:24 PM

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Pressure Politicians
Yes, another petition. But it's a good one. As experts and activists have both pointed out, one of the most effective ways to get the attention of the Russian government may be to specifically target its politicians, and Nikolai Alekseev told Gay Star News, "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 [...] Pressure your governments to put the authors of those laws on the black lists for the entrance visas."

Turns out, there's a specific government framework for doing just that, in the form of the Magnitsky Act, which imposes visa bans and frozen assets for Russian officials known to have committed human rights violations. Currently, Spectrum Human Rights is circulating a petition to add to prominent anti-gay officials to the list, and William Browder, one of the law's primary supporters, told Business Insider, "I can't think of a more appropriate use of this legislation than to sanction Russian officials who are actively going after LGBT rights."

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