In Yekaterinburg, Cossack patrols stop passers-by under the pretext of fighting “gays” The city simultaneously hosts a fair of family values and a festival of an LGBT center.

Eyewitnesses told the Ural media that men dressed in Cossack uniforms patrolled the streets in the center of Yekaterinburg on Monday evening.

Ural Pride Week, a festival in support of the LGBT community, takes place all week in Yekaterinburg. A week before its start, the organizers received an application to the prosecutor’s office, the presidential administration and the FSB, and on the first day of the festival, uniformed people calling themselves Cossacks came out to the city center to “disperse gays”. At the same time, the Skrepa festival of traditional family values ​​opened in Yekaterinburg.

The first event of the festival – a tour of the queer places of the Ural capital on Monday, September 7 – did not take place, the organizers claim that the guide was ill. At the same time, on the same evening, patrols calling themselves Cossacks came out to the city center to “chase gays”. Regional media reported at least two cases in which uniformed men stopped young men on the street, claiming their appearance.

Student Alexander Zinoviev wrote about the meeting with the “Cossacks” in his VKontakte account.

“So, I walk along the Iset and through the music I hear a formidable:“ Hey, you! ”I turned around and saw two“ Cossacks ”in front of me. Everything is in the best traditions of modern“ Cossacks ”- whip, Kubanka, camouflage-birch and a lot of different crosses, medals and badges, obviously bought on Aliexpress or taken from a veteran grandfather, “Zinoviev said. According to him, the patrol told him that it “controls the propaganda of gayness among the people” and tried to detain him, but the young man disappeared into the passage and left on the bus that approached.

The Orenburg Cossack army did not recognize it as its own and condemned the “Cossacks” patrolling the streets. The chief of staff of the Isetskaya Line of the Orenburg Cossack Army, Artem Bolotov, told znak.com: “Personally, my colleagues and I have not been involved in such nonsense.” According to the federal law on voluntary people’s squads, the Cossacks can only accompany police officers of the patrol and guard service, but not act independently, and even more so, not stop citizens. “

The BBC Russian Service spoke with the organizers of both events.

Alla Chikinda, organizer of Ural Pride Week:
“It is difficult to name one moment when the idea of ​​the event arose. In St. Petersburg, since 2009, Queerfest and the International Film Festival” Side by Side “, Open art in Moscow have been taking place, the Resource Center has been participating in Yekaterinburg city events for a prides in Europe and realized that we could do something like that, a big festival in Yekaterinburg on our own. ”Resource Center does not interact with the Russian authorities in any way.

In Yekaterinburg, the LGBT community differs from the community in other Russian cities in that it takes part in common civic initiatives: the topic of freedom in general is important to it. In other regions, [LGBT people] tend to keep apart, but for us it is important to be a part of society. Yes, we have special values, but we also share the values ​​that unite all people.

Now such a public outcry has arisen, various groups have become more active. Those have become more active, who read: “Oh, now the men in shorts will go.” The city was roughly divided into those who are against, and those who are for – not for LGBT, but for freedom.

People started to support us. When they saw that these “Cossacks” – and in fact, those who are not – walk, that there are people who start to offend us, write threats, statements against us, they understand that this is not normal, that this is happening in our city, our country. They are against outdated ideas, conservative and “staple”. What is happening now in the city is unprecedented, in my opinion. And if you look at the comments on social networks and the media, everyone is surprised at what is happening. “

Andrey Kormukhin, creator of the Forty Fortieth movement and organizer of the Skrepa festival of family values:

We wanted to spend “Skrepa” for seven years, wanted to break through this wall, and submitted an official notification to the Moscow mayor’s office and other institutions. Although “Forty Forty” held offsite events in Krasnoyarsk, St. Petersburg, and Transnistrian Tiraspol, the festival of traditional family values ​​is being held in Russia for the first time in Yekaterinburg, and for the first time it is called “Skrepa”. The city administration supported him.

We are not engaged in any counter-programming, I first heard about this, as you say, Ural week [pride]. Where are the millions of Russian families and where is that very small, very small part of people. I don’t want to talk about it, I don’t even want to discuss it.

It seems to you that the word “scrapa” means something of a service, it is your perception. And “scrapa” is a family. Like a brace holds the logs together. The family holds together generations, childbirth. The family is the world, maybe this is your service perception of the world.

In Yekaterinburg “Forty forties” was held already last year “Sorochinskie tea drinking”. When there was a conflict over the construction of the temple. But people did not understand that there would be a square, and a temple, and also teenagers would ride skateboards here.

I see the happy faces of people – this is the main goal of the festival. The main unit of society is the family. KPI [festival] – increase in weddings, families, birth rates in the region…. Happiness is measured by traditional values, when a person has a loved one, they have loved children, and they need the right guidelines and the right values. “

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Pride Week 2020 without canal parade: ‘But the rainbow flag flutters here every day’.

Participation of the Russian LGBT group in an interview for the AT5.NL. (Video-interview at the bottom of the page).

Our team LGBT World Beside and LGBT refugees from Russia.

No canal parade and therefore no thousands of people on the side. No festivals, parties and other festivities. This year we celebrate Pride differently than usual and according to some that’s not so bad.

‘It’s really such a shame, but we are now doing the Find All Flags tour to experience at least something of Pride,’ say two men dressed in rainbow colors.

Trans United psychologist Glenn Helberg and Dinah Bons were just dining after a day of talks about alternative Pride Week at the concert hall. “Homophobia, afrophobia, transphobia, that is prohibited by law. But it is there and we actually allow it. I would like to use this time to show that, ‘says Helberg.

Our team LGBT World Beside and LGBT refugees from Russia.

From the Marineterrein, Captain Jaus Müller, chairman of the Homosexuality and Armed Forces Foundation, will speak about the rainbow flag on the naval terrain. The flag hangs there every day, not just now with the Pride. “This is the place where we judge people whether they are suitable for defense. If they have trouble with the flag, that may be reason for us to say, “There is no place for you in defense.”

Video-interview at5.nl.

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July 30.

International Day of Friendship.

The world faces a large number of challenges and threats: poverty, violence, violation of human rights. This undermines international peace and security, social foundations, creates obstacles to development, divides people and societies. In order to successfully confront these challenges and threats, it is necessary to root out their causes. This can be achieved through the expression of solidarity, which can take many forms. First of all, it is friendship, it makes us closer. Together we can achieve agreement, create normal conditions for the existence of all people striving to make the world a better place.

The ideological basis for the new date was the Declaration and Program of Action for a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Benefit of the Planet (it covered 2001-2010).

The UN invited government agencies, as well as international and regional organizations to celebrate this day in accordance with the cultural traditions of a particular country and organize events and initiatives that will contribute to the efforts of the international community and will be aimed at promoting dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.

The resolution especially emphasizes the importance of the new date in strengthening friendly relations between different peoples. “Friendship among peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and provide an opportunity to build bridges between societies that honor cultural diversity,” the document says.

In addition, one of the tasks of the International Day of Friendship is to attract young people, including future leaders, to social activities aimed at a respectful perception of different cultures.

Currently, in many countries of the world, events are held annually to promote friendship and tolerant attitude towards others.

Foreign Ministry sends US, UK and Canada protest notes over LGBT flags on embassy buildings.

The Russian Foreign Ministry sent notes of protest to representatives of the US, British and Canadian embassies over the LGBT flags that appeared on the buildings of diplomatic missions in Moscow at the end of June. This was announced by State Duma deputy Vasily Piskarev, who heads the Duma commission to investigate alleged foreign interference in the affairs of the Russian Federation.

In the appeals of the Russian Foreign Ministry to the embassies, it is said that the actions of the diplomats “violated the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the national legislation of the Russian Federation,” Piskarev said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has not yet commented on Piskarev’s words. Earlier, after the appearance of the LGBT flag on the building of the US Embassy in Moscow, the Foreign Ministry left a comment on the Facebook of the American diplomatic mission with the song El Bimbo from the Police Academy, which sounded when the heroes of the film were in the Blue Oyster gay bar.

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July 18.

Nelson Mandela International Day.

“Peace is not only the absence of wars; peace is about creating an environment where everyone can flourish, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, class, caste, or any other social factor or position. Religion, ethnicity, language, social and cultural experience are important components of human civilization that enrich its diversity. Can we allow them to become a reason for the stratification of society or the manifestation of cruelty? If this happens, it undermines the foundations of our humanism.”
Nelson Mandela.

International Nelson Mandela Day was established by the UN General Assembly in November 2009 and is celebrated annually on July 18, the birthday of one of the most famous fighters against the apartheid regime (racial discrimination) in South Africa. A new date in the calendar of international holidays has appeared in recognition of the contribution of the former President of Africa to the cause of peace and freedom.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is the first black president of the Republic of South Africa. During the existence of apartheid, he was one of the most famous activists in the fight for human rights, for which he spent 26 years in prison. In 1990, the human rights activist was released from prison, and in 1993 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

A year later, in the spring of 1994, South Africa’s first general elections were held with full voting rights for all residents of the multinational country. According to their results, Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa – and the first black person to take this post.

The resolution of the UN General Assembly setting the date of the holiday (No. A / RES / 64/13), “recognizes the vital values ​​of Nelson Mandela and his dedicated service to humanity in the field of conflict resolution, race relations, promotion and protection of human rights, in reconciliation, in ensuring gender equality, the rights of children and other vulnerable groups of the population, as well as improving the situation of the poorest and underdeveloped social groups ”. The document also emphasizes the contribution of the South African president to the establishment of world peace.

Every year on Nelson Mandela Day, various events are held at UN information centers and political institutions around the world. Debates and thematic readings are organized; screenings of the film “Unconquered”, dedicated to the South African president; ethnic music concerts are held; photographic and historical exhibitions open.

The UN also joins the appeal of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, addressed to every person in the world, to celebrate this Day, spend 67 minutes (one minute for each year of Mandela’s social activity) to help another person do something good on this day and important: to help the needy and destitute, to work out with the child, to care for the environment or to provide volunteer and charity help.

Donation for LGBT refugees.