For the video for "Moscow," a single from the forthcoming album Punch, British indie band Autoheart has included cute models dressed as soldiers kissing in front of the Kremlin. The political message is intended, the band states via the YouTube page for the video, writing that "Moscow," one of the band's favorite tracks, is a song about the "daft optimism of being in love." The band goes further to write:
"We are lucky in Britain to have laws that mean whether we are gay, straight, bisexual or anything in between, our relationships are recognised and our rights protected by law. But in Russia there is an anti-gay crisis happening right now: their government does not want to afford their people those same rights and are trying to criminalise even the discussion of gay equality.
"Something similar happened in Britain not long ago: Section 28, brought in by Thatcher's Tory party in the Eighties to stop teachers from talking about same-sex relationships in a positive way, was only repealed in 2003.
"These laws only serve to protect intolerance, ignorance, homophobia and hate crimes.
In our video, two gay Russian soldiers kiss in front of the Kremlin -- yet just last month same a group of same-sex couples in Moscow were violently attacked and then arrested for doing just this.