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29.06.2011

55% of Russians consider it that civil rights of sexual minorities must be respected

Russian officials often refers to the "opinion" of the majority which they call negative towards LGBT people to ban gay pride marches and restrict fundamental rights

55% of Russians consider it that civil rights of sexual minorities must be respected

A poll conducted by "Levada Center" found that 55% of respondents think it is important to respect the civil rights of political, ethnic, religious, sexual and other minorities. On the opposite, 32% said that they support a rule of the "majority" and 13% found it difficult to answer the question.

Often, politicians and officials always refer to the views of the "majority" while expressing negative sentiment towards LGBT people and asking to restrict their rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.

Recently, the Mayor of Moscow said about his decision to ban gay pride marches in his city that "These are issues of morality. If the attitude of the society is sharply negative to such things then we can not support such marches. We must also protect the morality of people. This is the obligation, including on the basis of international convention". 

In the same poll, 66% of the respondents said that the social order as it exists in Western Europe and in America cannot apply to Russia: 31% said it is "not suitable to Russia and is unlikely to take root here" and 35% said that this "way of life is against what Russian people want".

But 20% believe that the Western model of social structure can be adapted to the local conditions. 7% said that the social order is "universal and completely suitable to Russian conditions". 8% of respondents were undecided. 

The same poll asked the sentiment of the opinion about the evolution of democracy. 79% said that every country goes its own way while 14% think that all countries move towards the same way and 7% were undecided.

GayRussia.Ru

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