John M. Becker

Author of Russian Anti-Gay Law May Face Mental Health Screening

Filed By John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: gay propaganda, petition, Russia, Russian anti-gay law, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Vladimir Putin, Yelena Mizulina

Elena_Mizulina.jpgWell this is embarrassing.

You know the White House's "We the People" website, where citizens can start petitions and if they get at least 100,000 signatures, they receive an official response? Well it turns out that Vladimir Putin instituted a similar measure in Russia last year... and a petition targeting Yelena Mizulina -- the ultraconservative lawmaker who co-wrote Russia's infamous ban on so-called "gay propaganda" -- has exceeded that threshhold.

That petition asks for a team of government experts to assess Ms. Mizulina's mental health.

The St. Petersburg Times reports:

The latest petition to cross the threshold targets ultraconservative lawmaker Yelena Mizulina, a self-styled custodian of public morals and crusader against the LGBT lifestyle [sic] and the so-called "pedophile lobby."

The petition launched on Onlinepetition.ru, which reached the required amount of signatures on Thursday, lambasted Mizulina over her "proposals to ban everything online." It also asserted claims that the lawmaker may suffer from schizophrenia, an inferiority complex and "living in her own world."

Though the petition does not seek Mizulina's removal "from the post that she gained through democratic procedures," it does ask the Health Ministry to deploy its "best experts" for an assessment of her "mental health." If the results prove less than satisfactory, the lawmaker should be dismissed, according to the petition.

In addition to authoring the "gay propaganda" ban, Mizulina has backed gay adoption ban, a ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian children, a measure that would mention Orthodox Christianity in Russia's secular constitution, and fines for couples who divorce. The St. Petersburg Times notes that Mizulina's schoolmarm conservatism has "made her a favorite target of Russian liberals."

Unsurprisingly, the Putin government has not yet responded to the petition. If they do, we'll let you know.


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