ST. PETERSBURG, April 26,2007 –
Gay men and women in St. Petersburg will be marking the first-ever Russian
Day of Silence on Saturday May 3 with a rally on Malaya Konyushennaya
Participants at the rally, which is
sub-titled “Sometimes to be heard you have to be silent” will have their
mouths taped as they hand-out flyers and other promotional material to
passers-by without comment, a spokesperson for the organisers said.
The Day of Silence in Russia is an
action targeted at the general population and intended to draw people’s
attention to the problems of silencing hate crimes, discrimination, and
“It is an opportunity to
demonstrate that these problems concern not "other" people somewhere else,
but us directly – our families, our loved ones, our friends,” the
“These issues are no less relevant
to modern Russia than they are to the Western nations. In recent years, the
number of hate crimes based on ethnicity or religion has been growing.
“Periodically, isolated reports of
hate crimes against LGBT people appear in mass media, whereas in reality
these crimes are tens if not hundreds of times more numerous.
“Harassment and bullying at
educational institutions of children that are "different" is a fact shrouded
in shamed silence yet ever-present.”
The Day of Silence is dedicated to
the issues of discrimination, emotional harassment, and violence against
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It is an annual
action of non-violent protest that started in the US in 1996, and this year
was extended to Poland and Slovenia.
Next month’s Russian Day of Silence
will be dedicated to the problems of discrimination and intolerance towards
LGBT, as well as ethnic, religious, and other minorities.
||Russian 'Day of Silence' website
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Posted: 26 April 2008 at
00:00 (UK time)