Russian gays express disappointment in Clinton

Russian gays express dis

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October 15, 2009 00:11

 
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Russia's leading gay activist said Wednesday that he was disappointed that Secretary of State US Hillary Rodham Clinton met with an outspoken foe of gay rights during her two-day trip to Russia and did not decry homophobia in the country. Clinton attended a ceremony unveiling a statue of Walt Whitman at Moscow State University, also attended by Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov. Luzhkov has blocked all attempts to hold gay pride marches in Moscow, once saying they "can be described in no other way than as satanic." Clinton did not mention of the issue during the ceremony. Gay activist Nikolai Alexeyev said Wednesday he was disappointed Clinton did not discuss discrimination against gays. "Russia is supposed to be a democracy and she said nothing," he said.

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