Russia and Uganda share more in common than an overtly homophobic government.
They are both infested with American Evangelists spreading the word of hate.
Specifically, one well known face in particular: Scott Lively (search him on this blog, he features quite a bit).
Ironically, Lively is currently being sued in his home country for his part in inciting violence against gay people in Uganda.
Here's hoping Russia's LGBT movement decides to follow suit.
Russia may be on the road to becoming the next Uganda, with anti-gay sentiment spilling over from homophobic laws into society and everyday life and legal attacks on LGBTs spreading to nearby countries.
Moreover, the anti-gay fervor sweeping the region seems to have another commonality with the African nation that attempted to impose the notorious "death to gays" law: News reports indicate that one of the anti-gay U.S. evangelicals who reportedly helped spark the Ugandan wave of anti-gay violence has also been active in spreading animus against sexual minorities in Russia.
Though Lively may have suffered a defeat, at least temporarily, in the United States, he is celebrating events elsewhere. Since as far back as 2006, he has been working to spread his anti-gay message in Russia. In June, the country’s President, Vladimir Putin, signed into law a new ban on “propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships.” This month, Lively wrote on his Web site that Russia “has just taken the very important and frankly necessary step of criminalizing homosexual propaganda to protect the society from being ‘homosexualzed.’ [sic] This was one of my recommendation [sic] to Russian leaders in my 50-city tour of the former Soviet Union in 2006 and 2007.”