Support The Moscow Times!

Russian Lawmaker Milonov Gets Slap on the Wrist for Anti-LGBT Rhetoric

Konkov Sergey / TASS

The State Duma ethics committee will reprimand ultra-conservative St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov for inciting hatred against the LGBT community.

Activist Alexey Timoshenko published a petition on the website calling for the Duma ethics committee to punish Milonov for his repeated public statements “aimed at inciting hatred and enmity toward certain social groups.”

The petition cited a July 11 broadcast on the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station in which Milonov said that “it is better to kill a lesbian and a homosexual than an innocent child.”

While on the Ekho Moskvy radio station’s morning program, he advocated for the public execution of organizers of the LGBT charity Deti-404 ("Children-404"), saying they should be “publicly hanged” and “mercilessly shot,” according to the petition.

Best known for spearheading Russia’s ban on “gay propaganda,” Milonov has earned a reputation for his inflammatory anti-LGBT rhetoric.

The ethics committee sent a formal notification to Timoshenko on Oct. 12 in response to the petition and said that Milonov would be told of “the inadmissibility in violating the rules of parliamentary ethics.”

This will be Milonov’s second reprimand of this nature. In May the deputy was chastised by the ethics committee for his derogatory comments toward LGBT rights activists during a May 1 parade.   

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

Please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world's largest country.