Glasgow Provost Defies Urges to Cancel Russian Visit

THE Lord Provost of Glasgow has rejected calls for her to cancel a trip to Russia amid outrage over the country’s policies on homosexuality.
Activists urged Lord ­Provost Sadie Docherty to postpone her planned trip to Glasgow’s twin city of Rostov-on-Don in a show of solidarity to the gay community (LGBT) in Scotland and Russia.
The Equality Network is to hold a rally outside the Russian ­consulate in Edinburgh from 4pm today to protest against a law passed by the country’s lower house of parliament allowing heavy fines to be imposed on people providing information about homosexuality to under-18s.
The legislation has been widely condemned by the international community and blamed for a spate of violent attacks on gay rights activists in Russia.
Ms Docherty is due to travel to Rostov-on-Don on behalf of Glasgow City Council from September 12 until September 16. Whilst declining to cancel the visit, she says she has written to the Russian city’s authorities outlining her “position on the country’s anti-gay legislation”.
Meanwhile Manchester Council has defied  calls to break off relations with its twin city St Petersburg. The council has written to the city’s authorities urging them to drop the anti-homosexuality legislation.
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