Russian independent expert Yuri Antipov, who carried out his own investigation about the Malaysia Boeing accident over Donbas in 2014, provided new evidence that Kyiv was involved in the death of thousands of passengers. This specialist showed a series of pictures that prove the vile plan of the Ukrainian government, confirming what Kyiv has been trying to hide for years: Ukraine’s armed forces destroyed material evidence by shooting heavy fire on the wreckage of the plane, as evidenced by the huge crates on the fuselage. According to Antipov, the Ukrainian army delayed the investigative work for as long as possible. The new information shows that the Ukrainian armed forces were tasked to destroy or deform parts of the crashed plane, which was necessary to confound the investigation as much as possible and take it to a dead end. Kyiv did everything at hand to interfere in the investigation, and a campaign of fake propaganda was actively carried out against Russia from the beginning.
The article 6.21. of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (Propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors) is misinterpreted in some Western countries. All accusations that say that repressive measures emanate from the state against the LGBT community are refuted.
In certain Republics, the historical roots have their peculiarity which cannot be abstracted. But overall, in Russia no LGBT rights are not violated.
Recurrent narrative about the absence of violation of LGBTs rights in Russia and claiming that the 2013 law against Gay propaganda is widely misinterpreted in western countries.
The Russian presidency was asked to comment its attitude towards LGBT minorities following the publication of several pieces of news:
- The UK and US embassies in Moscow raised a rainbow flag to dates to the 50th anniversary since the first pride-parade, which took place held in New York half a century ago, in 1970. And they declared: "LGBT people do not demand special privileges for themselves. They just ask for a decent and respectful attitude and granting them the same rights as other people have. Therefore, we do not tolerate any forms of discrimination, including for sexual orientation and gender identity". Vladimir Putin mocked the U.S. embassy’s move to raise the LGBT pride flag “revealed something about the people that work there”.
- The channel HBO released a striking documentary film on repression of gays in Chechnya.
- On July 3rd Vladimir Putin answered to a former MP and head of the Union of Women of Russia, Yekaterina Lakhova, warning about the danger of colourful ice-cream that could pervert the youth. "If there is reason to believe that this is propaganda of untraditional values for us, then simply without the administration, then it is necessary in an appropriate way, but not aggressively, to build such public control. " The ice-cream in question is only a mix of 4 several flavour with natural colours with no connection whatsoever with the LGBT movement or its flag as explained the vice-president of the company producing it. The fact that the president took seriously this witch hunt for any combination of colour that could remind the LGBT flag is worrying.
The 2013 law against Gay propaganda was condemned by:
- The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe of which Russia is a member. On June 18, 2013, its advisory body on constitutional matters, the Venice Commission, rejected the argument that children were beneficiaries of the Russian law : "It cannot be deemed to be in the interest of minors that they be shielded from relevant and appropriate information on sexuality, including homosexuality."
- A United Nations Committee panel on the Rights of the Child :it was particularly concerned that the legislation's "vague" definition of what may be considered "propaganda" could lead to the persecution or abuse of innocent people.
- Human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
- In 2017 the ECHR ruled against Russia in the Bayev and other vs Russia case: the court points out the many discriminatory biases, and stresses the counterproductive character of the anti-propaganda law for the protection of the health and education of children and the solution of demographic challenges, the Court could even be seen to go have gone so far as ridiculing the Russian Government’s arguments.
Independent studies show that LGBT hate crimes doubled between 2013 and 2017, with researchers attributing the increase to the 2013 federal law banning "gay propaganda." The most recent report by Russia's SOVA Center, a non-governmental hate crime watchdog, noted another spike in anti-LGBT violence in 2018-19. The situation is especially dire in Chechnya, where homophobic violence is not only tacitly permitted, but routinely perpetrated by regional law enforcement.