Rethink your summer trip to Russia

The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs is warning gay travelers to be inconspicuous in St. Petersburg, in advance of the Russian city’s incoming laws banning homosexual propaganda. A vaguely written law against displays – and perhaps even public discussions – of homosexuality has come into effect in St. Petersburg. In the Canadian House of Commons, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said he is deeply concerned by the law, which “runs contrary to core Canadian values of freedom of speech, of human rights and the rule of law.” He said the law could affect the health and safety of Canadians travelling in Russia.


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