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WATCH: Russian Pol Says Gays Rape Children, Fake Hate Crimes

WATCH: Russian Pol Says Gays Rape Children, Fake Hate Crimes

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Parliament member Vitaly Milonov made numerous inflammatory statements to a French journalist who encountered him at St. Petersburg's Queer Fest.

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A French journalist has videotaped an antigay member of Russia's Parliament making several outrageous statements, among them that gay people rape children, that reports of violence against LGBT people in Russia are fabricated, and that straight people are frequently victims of hate crimes committed by gays.

Julien Pain of TV network France 24 provided AmericaBlog with the footage of Parliament member Vitaly Milonov. Milonov is the author of the St. Petersburg "gay propaganda" law that became the model for the nationwide law Parliament passed this summer. Pain, in St. Petersburg filming a documentary on the city's gay community, encountered Milonov a few days ago as the politician was trying to crash Queer Fest, a St. Petersburg LGBT Pride event, and asking police to shut it down, AmericaBlog reports.

Among other things, Milonov objected to the presence of a Dutch government official at the festival. "European country officials support those who rape kids," he told Pain. "Those support sodomies. I think it would be nice for Dutch people to know that the representative of the Dutch government is supporting those who are against Christians. He fights Christian church."

When Pain asked him about antigay violence in Russia, Milonov replied, "It's a fake information. ... It's not true. I think that much violence goes from gay people to straight people. Much more violence." He also claimed that in France, protesters against the nation's new marriage equality law were attacked with chemical weapons, like those used against rebels in Syria.

The video footage could not be embedded, but you can watch it on YouTube here and here.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.