Russian “gay Lobby” Might Make Putin Tolerant to Tikhanovskaya and Opposition, Says Political Scientist

Russian “gay Lobby” Might Make Putin Tolerant to Tikhanovskaya and Opposition, Says Political Scientist

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“Compromise has to be found,” Belkovsky said. “Chances are gay lobby will also play an important mediating role in this situation. It has quite a lot of power and influence [all over the world,] including in Russia. For example, the Russian gay lobby might make Vladimir Putin tolerant to Tikhanovskaya and the opposition.”

The political crisis in Belarus is already lasting three months. However, the situation in the country still remains stalemated and depends on a whole set of external factors. In other words, neither the opposition nor Alexander Lukashenko has any instruments to get some obvious advantage in this confrontation.

Against this background, the vast majority of experts still believe that only Moscow can change the situation in Minsk in one or another way. On top of having great geopolitical ambitions and interests regarding Belarus, Moscow also has a huge influence on Minsk. Moreover, a lot of different versions of future developments have already been voiced. However, not so long ago another one occurred. It sounds quite unexpected and concerns the powerful Russian “gay lobby.” According to the writer and political scientist Stanislav Belkovsky, it has such a significant influence on the Russian President that it is able to force him to fall into line with the Belarusian opposition and its incumbent leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

Noticeably, it is not the first time when Belkovsky speaks about “the powerful and influential gay lobby” in the upper echelons of power in Russia. However, at present, he is talking about this important factor in the context of the Belarusian political crisis.

As he spoke on the air of the Echo of Moscow radio, Belkovsky mentioned the tendency to legalize gay marriages in many countries of the world. As an example, he mentioned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who had also recently proposed to allow same-sex marriages in the country. In this regard, Belkovsky even admitted that Alexander Lukashenko might take the same kind of step in order to save the situation.

“This is how his power structure might be saved,” Belkovsky said. “It has been on its last legs for many years. Chances are Lukashenko will follow this example. It seems to me that gay marriage should be legalized in Belarus. After that the Pope should be invited. As a result, some compromise between the Belorussian President and the majority of the country's residents that refused to trust and support him, might be achieved.”

When asked by a radio presenter whether the tandem of Pope Francis and the Belorussian President Lukashenko would be able to put an end to the protest actions and to solve the issue of the opposition and Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Belkovsky repeated what he had said before. “A compromise solution has to be found,” Belkovsky said. “Chances are the gay lobby will also play an important mediating role in this situation. It has quite a lot of power and influence [all over the world,] including in Russia. For example, the Russian gay lobby might make Vladimir Putin tolerant to Tikhanovskaya and the opposition.”

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