[Marxism] How LGBT people are faring the Donetsk People's Republic

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jun 3 11:09:02 MDT 2014

Like many pro-Russian groups, Donetsk’s separatists see LGBT rights as 
fundamentally incompatible with a Slavic, Russian Orthodox worldview. At 
an April press conference, Denis Pushilin, the leader of the 
self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, told reporters, “I don’t have 
gay friends and I hope that I wouldn’t have.”

On May 11, the Donetsk and Lugansk regions voted for autonomy in flawed 
referenda denounced by Ukraine and Western governments. Pushilin’s 
self-styled republic has since appointed a cabinet, naming Russian 
political strategist Alexander Borodai its “prime minister.” Borodai has 
been linked to Konstantin Malofeev, a Russian businessman who funds 
anti-LGBT campaigns, and Borodai’s influence within the separatist 
movement appears to be growing.


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