President Vladimir Putin scoffed on Friday the u.s. embassy in Moscow, because it had hoisted a regnbueflag to celebrate LGBT rights.
Putin hinted that the embassy's gesture was a reflection of its staff's sexual orientation.
The Russian leader's remark was made after a referendum on a reform package, where an overwhelming majority of the Russian electorate voted for a constitutional reform. It provides Putin with the opportunity to remain in power until 2036.
Putin said that the u.s. embassy's decision to hoist the LGBT flag 'reveals something about the people who work there.'
- It is not any important case. We have talked about this many times, and our position is clear, the president said, which puts the distance to western liberal values and adherence to The Russian Orthodox Church.
- Yes, we have adopted a law which prohibits homosexual propaganda among minors. And then what? Let people be adults, after which they can choose their own destiny.
The Russian law, which Putin mentions, has been used to stop gay parades and to the arrests of the activists from the LGBT community.
Putin says he is in connection with the campaign to change the country's constitution, fought for the traditional ideas about a mother and a father must not be undermined with it, which he called 'parent a' and 'parent two'.
Friday, said the head of the Russian Women's Union, Ekaterina Lakhova, that she fears that the 'Rainbow ice' may constitute propaganda for non-traditional values. She also believes that other 'multi-coloured' commercials may be propaganda, which can harm children. It writes the news agency RIA.
Several other embassies - including the british - has also raised regnbueflaget at their buildings in the Russian capital.