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August 29 2013

surveyork
15:27
On Monday, four satirical paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin were removed from the St. Petersburg Museum of Power during a raid by Russian police. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the artist behind the controversial works fled Russia.

July 27 2013

surveyork
06:36

It’s already illegal to be part of the LGBT community in Russia. Now Vladimir Putin wants to stop gay tourists and their supporters from entering the country, either — with a new law to arrest, fine, detain and expel foreigners who participate in “homosexual propaganda.”

The new anti-gay legislation charges people thousands of dollars, holds them for up to two weeks, and expels them from the country for doing anything from holding hands with the same sex to wearing a rainbow flag pin.

March 15 2013

surveyork
00:38

The Muslim Brotherhood warned the declaration would give girls sexual freedom, legalize abortion, provide teenagers with contraceptives, give equality to women in marriage and require men and women to share duties such as child care and chores.

It said the declaration would allow "equal rights to homosexuals, and provide protection and respect for prostitutes" and "equal rights to adulterous wives and illegitimate sons resulting from adulterous relationships."

January 11 2013

surveyork
11:55
Inna Shevchenko, a 22 year-old leader of the Ukrainian organization, survived 24-hours of torture by the KGB, in Belarus. On December 19, 2011, KGB agents kidnapped Shevchenko and two other Femen members in Minsk, for protesting the country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, known as “Europe’s Last Dictator.” The six agents drove the women blindfolded into a snow-covered forest, stripped them naked, doused them in oil, and threatened to burn them alive if they didn’t complete humiliating drills. The agents chopped off the women’s hair with knives, threatened rape, and videotaped them, presumably for Lukashenko. One agent allegedly said for the camera, "Look at those bitches that were traveling all over the world, protesting, look at them now.”

November 03 2012

surveyork
22:55
On the surface, it’s all about protecting Russian kids from internet pedophiles. In reality, the Kremlin’s new “Single Register” of banned websites, which goes into effect today, will wind up blocking all kinds of online political speech. And, thanks to the spread of new internet-monitoring technologies, the Register could well become a tool for spying on millions of Russians.
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October 12 2012

surveyork
09:26

Radical orthodox Christians from Russia remove Apple logotype from the company’s products and put a cross sign instead of them. The orthodox find the half-bitten apple logotype anti-Christian and insulting their belief, something that may potentially cause serious problems for Apple’s products in the country.

Interfax news-agency reports about “several” cases, where the radical orthodox, including priests, swapped the Apple logo for an image of the cross, the symbol of Jesus Christ. According to the ultra-radical orthodox activists, the bitten apple symbolizes the original sin of Adam and Eve and is generally anti-Christian. It is unknown whether the radical orthodox consider the logotype as insulting, but it looks like they do

Is The Apple Logo Blasphemous? Depends Upon Your Definition of Blasphemy - Forbes

September 30 2012

surveyork
01:28
Multiple incidents over the last twelve months have underscored the appalling lack of freedom in many countries to express even the blandest criticism of either religion in general or the dominant religion in a particular country. To name just some examples, there are the cases involving Rimsha Masih, Hamza Kashgari, Alexander Aan, Sanal Edamaruku, Hamad al-Naqi, Pussy Riot, and Alber Saber.

August 19 2012

surveyork
19:52
A group of Russian anti-gay activists are suing American pop star Madonna for $10m, saying she had insulted their feelings when she spoke out for gay rights at a concert in St Petersburg last week.

August 09 2012

surveyork
01:44

Four members of a reclusive Muslim sect in the Russian region of Tatarstan have been charged with cruelty against children for allegedly keeping them underground.

Police found 27 children and 38 adults living in catacomb-like cells, dug on eight levels under the home of the sect's founder. It is not clear how long the children were kept underground.

Russian sect keeps children undergound - Europe - Al Jazeera English

May 25 2012

surveyork
04:08
President Putin has added mounting pressure on these groups to abandon their retaliations against his government. In tandem with naming his new Cabinet, the president also supported a bill this week that would raise the fine for joining unofficial rallies from only about $160 to more than $32,000. The bill looks likely to pass and be enforced in the near future.
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