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Putin Mocks Rainbow PRIDE Flag At US Embassy in Moscow, Signs New Anti-Gay Amendment Into Law

Last week we reported on how the United States Embassy in Moscow defied Donald Trump by hanging a rainbow LGBT PRIDE flag on it’s building after Trump ordered embassies around the world not to do so.

On Friday Russian President Vladimir Putin mocked the flag, suggesting it reflected on the orientation of the diplomats.

Via reporter.am:

During a televised video conference, a lawmaker told Putin that the US embassy had hung a rainbow flag on its facade for the first time to celebrate Pride month in June.

‘Who works in this building?’ Putin asked the speaker, Senator Alexei Pushkov, to be told ‘Americans.’

‘Let them celebrate. They’ve shown a certain something about the people who work there,’ he added with a smile.

Members associated with Sorok Sorokov, a conventional Orthodox Christian group, videoed themselves wiping their feet and walking over a rainbow flag in front in the embassy building in protest.

Putin also on Friday signed amendments to the constitution backed by way of a national vote that include a clause on marriage being between a man and a woman, aimed at preventing legalisation of gay unions.

Shortly after Putin claimed that Russia does not discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation.

He said a law he signed in 2013 to a storm of international condemnation was aimed only to prevent the ‘foisting’ of LGBT information to children.

The law has since been used as a pretext to ban gay pride events and jail LGBT activists in Russia.

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