Oppressive post-Soviet history with a savour of camp culture formed a steady taboo on everything related to sexuality. Especially – to homosexuality. However, it is often a kind of internal homophobia, leading rather to stigma than to outright discrimination. All peoples and societies went and continue to go through this kind of homophobia. It is possible to work with it: increasing the level of awareness, personal example plus the evolution.
We believe that at this moment the priority task for Ukraine is to preserve its independence and territorial integrity. Therefore we are against any statements or actions that can discredit the efforts of the operating interim government to overcome the crisis, considering that effective work of both Ukrainian and international structures is now of extreme importance.
Mr. Kolesnichenko was elected to the Verkhovna Rada from the Crimea for the District No.225 (Sevastopol) and is famous for its pro-Russian policy. One of the most controversial laws written by Mr. Kolesnichenko is the so-called law on languages. Besides, it is particularly Mr. Kolesnichenko who submitted draft law prohibiting “propaganda of homosexuality” for consideration in Rada. Its official title – “On the Prohibition of Propaganda of Homosexuality Aimed at Children” (was originally registered in the Parliament under No.1155). For this initiative the Coalition to Combat Discrimination in Ukraine gave Mr. Kolesnichenko anti-Award “The Discriminator the year – 2013” in nomination “Discrimination in Law”.
The most popular still remains the version of creation of new trade routes through the eastern regions of Ukraine and ports of the Crimean peninsula: supposedly it opens new opportunities for selling products and Russian gas transfer. But even today it is obvious that economic losses of this war will be immeasurably higher than potential gain in case of winning. Combat actions as such have not even started yet and yet Russian business is suffering serious losses.