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United Russia Lawmakers Feature in Anti-Gay Election Video Starring 'Conchita Wurst'

Published: August 28, 2014 (Issue # 1826)



  • Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst
    Photo: Wikimedia commons

Two lawmakers in the Murmansk city council representing the ruling United Russia party feature in a video depicting bearded drag-queen "Eurovision" winner Conchita Wurst in which the candidates appear to announce their "anti-gay" platform ahead of the city's municipal elections.

The six-second video, posted online by gay-rights website GayRussia.eu, first depicts several cartoon figures resembling Wurst gathering at a sign reading: "There will be a parade!" The video then shows the two candidates, Oleg Guz and Almaz Gismeyev, shaking hands while an off-screen voice announces their names and the slogan: "Against loudmouths and gays."

Both Gismeyev and Guz are currently members of the Murmansk city council running for re-election in municipal elections set for Sept. 14.

It was unclear where the video was being broadcast. GayRussia.eu said the candidates had released the video themselves, though this information could not be immediately verified.

Wurst was widely lambasted by conservative politicians after winning the popular "Eurovision Song Contest" in May. Some politicians said Wurst's victory represented the degradation of Europe and called for Russia to shun "Eurovision" in the future.

Last year Russia passed a controversial law banning the promotion of "non-traditional sexual relations" among minors in a move widely seen as discrimination against the gay community.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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