US whistleblower has been living in the country since June 2013.
US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said Russia’s treatment of LGBTI people is ‘fundamentally wrong.’
The fugitive, who has been living in an undisclosed location in the country since he was granted asylum there in June 2013, made the comment while accepting the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression’s Bjornson prize by videophone.
Snowden described the country’s crackdown on internet freedom as a ‘mistake in policy.’
‘It’s wrong in Russia, and it would be wrong anywhere,’ the Guardian quoted him as saying.
‘I’ve been quite critical of [it] in the past and I’ll continue to be in the future, because this drive that we see in the Russian government to control more and more the internet, to control more and more what people are seeing, even parts of personal lives, deciding what is the appropriate or inappropriate way for people to express their love for one another… [is] fundamentally wrong.’
Russia passed a gay ‘propaganda’ law in 2013, banning the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality to minors.
The founder of a LGBTI youth website was fined under the law last month.
Updated: Dmitry Peskov comments
Dmitry Peskov on TASS comments says: “This is a rather controversial statement, but he has his own point of view.”
“Yes, he lives in Russia, but that does not mean that he was imposed by something” – said the press secretary of the Russian state, noting that “these theses and other representatives voiced both in Russia and abroad.” “There is a debate, it is absolutely normal”.
Vitaly Milonov also comment Snowden` statement: Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg says “This is his PR.” “I think that Snowden is try to remind himself, because it began to forget. Just personal PR”.