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Crimean Leader Promises Crackdown On LGBT Demonstrations


Putin’s man in Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov: 'We don’t need such people.'

Pictured: Activists at a May 2013 Gay Pride Parade in Kiev

With the situation in the Ukraine deteriorating, LGBT people in the war torn country are living in ever increasing danger.

The Crimean Prime Minister, Sergei Aksyonov, has promised to quash any attempt by queer activists to publicly organize in the region. According to Buzzfeed, the former small-time politician has said allowing such demonstrations is "just not our style."

"We don't need such people in Crimea," reports Interfax. "And they will never hold public events. The police and the self-defense forces will react quickly, and in three minutes they'll explain the orientation that needs to be kept."

Aksyonov has lead the Crimean government since Russia annexed the peninsula in March.

According to Buzzfeed's report, though many LGBT activists fled the region, there are still some LGBT people who support Russian rule in Crimea.

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