Words: Steve Brown
Russian schoolchildren are tolerant of the LGBTQ community, according to a new study.
It’s hard to think of Russia being anything other than a right-wing, homophobic country but according to a study by Mikhailov & Partners, it seems Russian schoolchildren are concerned about the environment and tolerant of LGBTQ people.
The study – which was published in the Kommersant newspaper – found that 62 per cent of young Russians say they are patriots of the country.
Around 13 per cent of the respondents said they trust sexual minorities, 68 per cent say they have normal views and only 17 per cent said they have negative views.
Psychologist, Alexander Kolmanovsky, said: “This means that our conception about the patriarchal nature of the country is more likely coming from above than below.”
The study also found that 70 per cent of respondents said they heard about the anti-government protests in Moscow this year but three-quarters said they wouldn’t participate in the demonstrations.
Around 67 per cent said they are not interested in politics.
Russia is renowned for its anti-gay stance and LGBTQ people are still being tortured and murdered in Chechnya and the community is silenced through Vladimirn Putin's anti-gay propaganda law.