Now the government has the power to declare an organization a foreign agent as an administrative matter. In other words, what was once a matter of law, however imperfect, is now a matter of bureaucracy. With one fell swoop—and one that can come at any moment, without warning—a gay community center, or film festival, or support group can be branded a spy.Employers, landlords, even banks are all being pressured by the government to dump queer workers and customers.
“I am going on leave, because you cannot be fired while on leave, but as soon as I return, I expect to be fired,” [Tatiana Vinnichenko, director of the Russian LGBT organization Rakurs and a professor of philology at Northern (Arctic) Federal University] said. How she will replace her lost income, especially as she is publicly blacklisted, she has no idea. Rakurs’s bank and landlord have come under similar pressure. Vinnichenko says all banks have been told that if they have any LGBT organizations as clients, they will lose their licenses...Previously: Inside the Iron Closet (02/14), Russia's LGBT horror (08/13)
Surprisingly, Vinnichenko—like other Russian LGBT activists I’ve spoken to—insists that Western pressure would be helpful, despite the obvious potential for backlash. “We’re going to lose anyway,” she said, with typically Russian fatalism. “The only question is whether anyone will know about it.”
« Older New wave: 24 photographers changing the way the wo... | When money's tight, humans def... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments