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Prosecutors to Investigate Election Video for Inciting Hatred Against Gays

Published: August 29, 2014 (Issue # 1826)



  • An off-screen voice during the six-second ad states the candidates' names and the slogan: "Against loudmouths and gays."
    Photo: GayRussia.eu

Prosecutors in Murmansk will examine a six-second campaign video featuring two lawmakers from the ruling United Russia party for evidence of incitement of hatred against homosexuals.

Prosecutors said Thursday that they had received a complaint about the video, as had the regional election commission, Interfax reported, citing the commission's spokesman, Boris Kharitonov.

The video, posted online by gay-rights website GayRussia.eu, first depicts several cartoon figures resembling bearded drag-queen "Eurovision Song Contest" winner Conchita Wurst gathering at a sign reading: "There will be a parade!" The two candidates, Oleg Guz and Almaz Gismeyev, are then shown shaking hands while an off-screen voice announces their names and the slogan: "Against loudmouths and gays."

It was unclear who had made and released the video and whether it was an official campaign video for the upcoming municipal elections on Sept. 14. Both Gismeyev and Guz are currently members of the Murmansk city council running for re-election





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBA’s newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is “Handmade in Germany,” an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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