Crimean official says gay people have no chance
Interfax news agency has reported Sergei Aksyonov, Crimea's new leader has told a session of parliament that gay people 'have no chance' in Crimea.
In March of this year the Crimea was annexed by Russia from the Ukraine and along with the annexation came the enactment of draconian laws including the cessation of methadone programs for drug users and an increase in homophobia.
Aksyonov told parliament that LGBTI people were not wanted in the Crimea and any celebration of LGBTI pride would be met with hostility and reprisals.
“This is definitely not our style,” said Aksyonov. “We in Crimea do not need such people and they will never hold their events publicly. The police and self-defense [forces] will react quickly and explain within three minutes the orientation one should hold to.”
He also suggested Crimean young people should be taught a “positive attitude towards the family institution and traditional values”.