Well, guys. Firstly, I am from the Russian Federation.
Unfortunately, there are no so many users from Russia here, so, I'm gonna tell you my point about what's happening in the R.F. about gay problem and thw whole country in general.
To be honest, reading all of your posts, was laughing so much.
The answer that education is a cause mostly all of the Russians agains gays made me a little bit angry, actually. All people in Russia should be educated for free until 11th grade in the secondary school, after that you can go to the University , 75 % of students are studying for free as well. We've got a great number of Russian writers, mostly all of us know Geography, to me isn't big problem to point at almosyt any country.
About that Russia is so retrograde. That's a big misunderstanding and it doesn't exist anymore. We passed terrible times of 1990-s, Thanks for Putin who could return country to the normal stage and make a stability in the country. I alreadyborn in new country, called the Russian Federation. Mostly all of us hate communism, my parents, friends in particular as well. We have a new view of the world, we could do whatever we want. Even I am studying in China for now, I have got friends from around the world : the U.S, the U.K., Jaoan, Australia, Japan, Germany and etc. We are all friends between each other and it does proove that we might have "perpetual peace" in the world.
About the gays in Russia. That's a big contradiction actually. Even that law, which has been accepted like 2 months ago says a bit different that all of people thinking about. There are still so many gay-clubs in Russia, there are so many celebrities who are gays as well, and we can see them every day on TV. It doesn't make any sence that if you just say a word " a gay". you will be punieshed at once. nope, no way.
Yes, you can't make gay parades in Rus anymore, but I actually don't think that we need in them too much. I'm fine with what we have now.
And, all of you guys, very welcome to Russia, to change your mind about this country. Never discuss about the country, which you never been too. That's what I do think.