December 17, 2014
Washington, DC (USA)
The meeting was attended by:
– Larry Poltavtsev, President, Spectrum Human Rights
– Tanja Nyberg, Managing Director, Magnitsky Act Initiative
– Karl Altau, Managing Director, JBANC
– Pavel Yarmolenko, Managing Director, Pass2828.org
The LGBT rights in Ukraine discussion revealed the urgent need to develop a consistent mass media policy aimed to inform and educate the general population on the LGBT issues and ultimately shift the overall mentality of the masses toward the established European standards. Several media campaigns were suggested.
While discussing the LGBT rights in Russia the human rights activists encouraged the Senator to advocate further expansion of the Magnitsky List by adding the known Russian homophobic lawmaker, Mr. Vitaly Milonov, who recently spearheaded a vicious attack on the local gay club in St. Petersburg, Russia. Also, it was noted that Mr. Milonov is an active member of the “Donetsk National Republic”, an infamous terrorist organization in Ukraine. It was suggested that the US Congress should officially designate “Donetsk National Republic” and “Lugansk National Republic” in a similar measure as done by the European Union.