Two years ago, the Russian police sat back and watched as thugs violently beat gay marchers, including Members of the European Parliament. This year wasn’t much different. It’s really astonishing how backward Russia still is. Not in terms of its acceptance of gays. In terms of the fact that government violence is still tolerated, and sanctioned, when the party in charge disagrees with the politics of its people. It’s another lesson in nation-building. Just because you throw out communism doesn’t mean you get democracy in its stead.
(And just because you have nukes doesn’t make you a man either.)