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Look: Two Russian Women Runners Kiss On Podium In Moscow After Winning Gold

by David Badash on August 18, 2013

in 2014 Winter Olympics,News,Politics

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Two Russian women runners, Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova, kissed as they were awarded their gold medals at the Track and Field World Championships on Saturday at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow – in an apparent act of defiance of Russia’s anti-gay laws barring “homosexual propaganda.”

While a kiss like this between two women — or even two men — is culturally more a sign of friendship in Russia than in the U.S., the timing of the act makes it a challenge to Putin’s new anti-gay laws, as all news reports have stated.

A Google translation from the news website Excelsior notes:

“Russia was proclaimed world champion in the women’s 4x400m relay; Gushchina Yulia, Tatyana Firova, Antonina Krivoshapka Kseniya Ryzhova and clocked a time of 3:20.19. United States took the silver and bronze Britain.

“The Russian runners took to the podium to receive the medal that certifies them as world champions. Since the medal around [her] neck, and Tatyana Firova Ryzhova Kseniya they kissed on the mouth before the eyes of the world.”

No news reports have stated what happened after they kissed, but they are certain to face questioning by both Russian police and sports authorities — if not fines and even possibly, jail.

On Friday, a Russian Olympic athlete considered the top women’s pole vaulter in the world, Yelena Isinbayeva, slammed critics of President Vladimir Putin‘s anti-gay laws by saying that Russians are “normal, standard people” — unlike “European people.”

“It is disrespectful to our citizens. We are Russians. Maybe we are different to European people, to other people in other lands.”

“We are very afraid, and this is my opinion also, that if we allow people to promote and do all this [being openly LGBT] in the street we are scared for our nation.

“We consider us normal people, where boys live with women, women live with boys. It comes from our history. We never had any of these problems in Russia and we don’t want to have it in the future.”

“We have our law which everyone has to respect.”

Isinbayeva also said that homosexuality is a choice and not normal, although she claimed that LGBT athletes were welcome to compete on Russia’s teams. She later claimed she was misunderstood, and blamed her poor English, but did not apologize.

Watch a slideshow of the two women, Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova, kissing, via AOL:

Image, top, via AOL

Hat tip: Joe.My.God.

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{ 7 comments }

novenator August 18, 2013 at 1:38 am

Homophobia must be fought with brave acts like this

TomC48 August 18, 2013 at 2:09 am

There is no such a thing as homophobia. It isn't a fear, and bigots are not scared, they're just assholes.

pleasantstream August 18, 2013 at 3:24 am

Yes, they are assholes. No, homophobia is real. These fools literally believe they are superior & must protect themselves from homosexuality. But what is homosexuality? It is a subjective opinion not a objective reality. A fantasy built on paranoia.
What happens is the homophobic's ideas of homosexuality turn on themselves which leads to a complete break down of their own humanity & their psyche. These people have to be protected from themselves as well as the people they hate.

SeanLiberty13 August 18, 2013 at 9:47 am

Whoa!

BJLincoln August 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Between these two brave women and the others who have made pro-gay statements, the Russian government has lost face no matter what they do about it. If they arrest an of them, the world is watching and will go off on them for being ass holes. If they do nothing, it will appear they are all bark and no bite.
Thank you all and those yet to come for being brave enough to throw these paranoid and hateful.laws in their face.

labman57 August 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Very reminiscent of the "black power" symbolism exhibited at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

The faces, places, and means of expression changes, but the underlying quest for equality and civil rights remains the same.

PoorBabies August 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

What did they do next, and are there pics?

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