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.
On the building of the US Embassy in Moscow on June 25, the day of the beginning of voting on constitutional amendments, an LGBT flag was hung out. Thus, the embassy celebrated Rainbow Flag Day – on June 25, 1978 it was first used at a gay pride in San Francisco. Later, the British embassy joined the American embassy.
And then it began: the flags posted were called provocation and “aggressive LGBT propaganda,” the American and British ambassadors offered to fine and test for professional suitability.
By June 28, the scandal had not abated: the activists of the Forty Magpies held solitary pickets outside the embassy buildings (and in the process trampled on the LGBT flag).
In the Moscow Patriarchate, these protests supported and at the same time recalled the right to inviolability of family values.
The US Embassy in Moscow not only hung a “rainbow flag” out of the window of its building, but also conducted extensive informational support for this public event. A video was posted on the embassy’s official website welcoming the US ambassador to Russia John Sullivan on the topic “About the LGBT Pride Month”.