One of Russia's most prominent gay rights activists has made anti-Semitic statements on his Twitter and Facebook accounts, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency website reports today (September 3, 2013).
The tweets appeared last week on Nikolai Alexeyev's account in connection with an article about him in "Out" magazine -- a popular gay monthly publication in the United States. Alexeyev, 37, re-tweeted comments calling the author of the article, Michael Lucas, a "Jewish pig" and "Israeli monkey," and calling "Out" magazine a "Jewish slut magazine that supports Jews and their filthy faggotry propaganda."
In response to the comments, Human Rights First -- an American nongovernmental organization -- canceled a conference call featuring Alexeyev, prompting him to wire on Twitter: "I was just denied to take part in a sham conference call with U.S. journalists tomorrow. Jewish lobby in U.S. worked well. U.S.A. is a totalitarian state with no freedom of speech! I have much more freedom here in Russia!"
Gay rights in Russia have attracted international attention in recent weeks after the Russian parliament passed a law in June prohibiting the dissemination of "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors."