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Old 08 February 2014, 12:59 AM
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Default Russia's anti-gay law is wrong but so is some of the criticism from the west

The ferocious row over the Kremlin's notorious anti-gay law in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics has sparked a bout of Russia-bashing that is not only often unfair, but also counter-productive. Russia's vaguely worded law, approved by Vladimir Putin last summer, bans the promotion of homosexuality to minors. It is an unnecessary, clumsy piece of legislation, in many respects similar to the Thatcher-era Section 28, and is designed solely to boost support for Putin in Russia's conservative heartland.

But while western opponents of the Kremlin's law may have noble intentions, their criticism has far too often been both hysterical and hypocritical.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...to-putin-hands
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