Rus­sian MP urges Face­book block­age over rain­bow flag

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Rus­sian law­maker, who has strongly backed anti-gay leg­is­la­tion, said Face­book should be shut down in Rus­sia over its sup­port for the U.S. Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion to le­gal­ize same-sex mar­riage.

Law­maker Vi­taly Milonov said he would for­mally re­quest Rus­sia’s tele­coms over­sight agency to shut down Face­book which has in­tro­duced a func­tion al­low­ing users to dec­o­rate their pro­files with the rain­bow flag of the gay rights move­ment as pride sea­son be­gins.

“It is a crude vi­o­la­tion of Rus­sian leg­is­la­tion. Face­book has no age lim­its, it is im­pos­si­ble to con­trol how many mi­nors are there,” Saint Peters­burg law­maker Milonov said on Rus­sian ra­dio Satur­day evening.

“That is why it would be com­pletely OK to pull the plug on Face­book in Rus­sia.”

Milonov, who sits in the re­gional par­lia­ment of Saint Peters­burg, in­tro­duced a law in the city ban- ning “pro­pa­ganda” of gay re­la­tion­ships to mi­nors be­fore a sim­i­lar fed­eral law was adopted and came into force in 2013, spark­ing in­ter­na­tional con­tro­versy.

Milonov said he would pe­ti­tion Roskom­nad­zor, Rus­sia’s tele­coms over­sight agency, and if that does not help he would ap­peal to the FSB se­cu­rity ser­vice and Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin per­son­ally.

“I would call on thou­sands of peo­ple and we will write to the FSB and Putin,” he said.

“Any nor­mal per­son would not leave this un­no­ticed. If Roskom­nad­zor does then they play on the side of those who whish harm to our home­land.”

In a show of sup­port for the U.S. Supreme Court’s his­toric de­ci­sion, many Rus­sians added a rain­bow fil­ter to their Face­book pro­file photos.

Milonov’s words drew dis­dain from ac­tivists, and a pic­ture of Milonov su­per­im­posed against the rain­bow flag was mak­ing the rounds on so­cial media.

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