Russia: Gay Pride March in Chelyabinsk (2016)


Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles (PhD)

Original Russian Language Text: By Natalia Speranskaya,

Translator’s Note: Chelyabinsk is the capital city of the Chelyabinsk Oblast, situated on the eastern side of the Southern Ural Mountains (in Western Russia). In the 1930’s, the Soviet government chose this area to be developed though industrialisation, and during the Great Patriotic War, Soviet armament production was also moved to this area, as it lay outside of the direct Nazi German invasion of the USSR. As a result, this area was greatly developed with heavy industry and workers, and it provided an important foundation to the Soviet resistance to the devastating Nazi German assault. Chelyabinsk produced one-third of all Soviet steel, and most of all Soviet tanks. During the Great Patriotic War, the industry (and workers) of Chelyabinsk produced 18,000 tanks, and 48,500 tank diesel engines, as well as over 17 million units of ammunition. In 2016, the LGBT movement in Russia announced that its activists would march through Chelyabinsk – in support of tougher legislation designed to punish, deter and stop any and all homophobic crime, not only in Russia, but throughout the world. Of course, under the capitalist system (initiated in 1991), and despite Russian capitalists copying Western-style laws purportedly supporting gay rights – gay rights have actually regressed since the time of the USSR. Russian language documents such as this are important as they serve to ‘breakup’ the lies being perpetuated about Russia by the USA and her European allies. The rightwing Trump administration are currently engaged in a childish (but murderous) anti-Russian propaganda campaign that seeks to turn gay people around the world (and liberal LGBT rights sympathisers) against Russia. This is designed to turn gay opinion in favour of the very bourgeois Western (capitalist) system that oppresses them today, has oppressed them in the past, and will continue to oppress them in the future. Trump’s flawed sense of humour has included in this mix the requirement for gay people to embrace Islamophobia, and to ‘hate’ the Muslims of Chetnya. His administration has done this through the absurd (and ‘Nazi-esque’) false propaganda that this peaceful country has initiated ‘Concentration Camps’ for gay people. Free-thinking individuals, and those opposed to the rightwing, should see through these lies and align themselves with the right-side of history. Gay people inparticular should stop being manipulated by the current homophobic ‘White racist President that occupies the White House, and start ascribing to other vulnerable groups the rights they demand for themselves. Finally, LGBT people should also develop a ‘class consciousness’ and understand that it is only through a compassionate Socialism that ALL people will be free. ACW 16.4.2017

LGBT activists plan to hold a rally in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights in Theatre Square, Chelbyabinsk – the gayrussia,eu website has posted. The website states:

‘This rally is in support of the legislative toughening of punishment for crimes of hatred against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Russia, and is scheduled for November 10th, from 10am to 11am at the Theatre Square in the city of Chelyabinsk – with the number of participants to be around 300 people.’

In support of their intentions, activists have designed an official ‘Seal’ stamp as part of their appeal to the administration of Chelyabinsk to listen to their demands:


Furthermore, activists intend to march along Lenin Avenue from Lesoparkovaya Street to 3 International Street between 3pm and 5pm. The website continues:

‘The march will culminate in a rally calling for a universal decriminalization of voluntary homosexual relations throughout the countries of the world.’

At the same time, activists are also planning to hold gay parades in Ufa and Kurgan.

For reference: LGBT is an acronym that originated in the English-speaking world, and is used to denote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The term is intended to emphasize the diversity of ‘sexuality and gender identity based on culture’ and is used to refer to the rights and practises ascribed to homosexual, bisexual and transgender people.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2017.

Russian Language Reference:

Активисты заявили о проведении в Челябинске гей-парада

Они планируют выйти на митинг в поддержку геев, лесбиянок, бисексуалов и трансгендеров на Театральную площадь

Активисты ЛГБТ-движения заявили о проведении гей-парада в Челябинске. Они намерены выйти на Театральную площадь и провести митинг в поддержку геев, лесбиянок, бисексуалов и трансгендеров, сообщает сайт

«Митинг в поддержку законодательного ужесточения наказания за преступления ненависти в отношении геев, лесбиянок, бисексуалов и трансгенлеров в России запланирован на 10 ноября с 10 до 11 часов на Театральной площади города Челябинска с количеством участников до 300 человек», – говорится на сайте.

В подтверждение своих намерений активисты опубликовали печать с обращения в администрацию г.Челябинска


Далее с 13 до 15 часов активисты пройдут по проспекту Ленина от улицы Лесопарковая до улицы 3 Интернационала.

«Митинг с призывом к всеобщей декриминализации добровольных гомосексуальных отношений в странах мира должен состояться 10 ноября с 17 до 18 часов на площади Ярославского города Челябинска с количеством участников до 300 человек», – сообщается на сайте.

Вместе с тем активисты также планируют провести гей-парады в Уфе и Кургане.

Для справки: ЛГБТ — акроним, возникший в английском языке для обозначения лесбиянок, геев, бисексуалов и трансгендеров. Термин призван подчеркнуть разнообразие «сексуальности и гендерной идентичности на основе культуры» и используется для обозначения гомосексуальных, бисексуальных и трансгендерных людей.


Наталья Сперанская,

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