Russian news anchor calls for burning gay hearts

Mon. August 12, 2013 12:34 PM by

Russian news anchor Dmitri Kisilev has knocked Russia's controversial "gay propaganda" law, saying that it doesn't go far enough.

Kisilev, host of Vesti, Russia's most popular news show, made his comments on Russia 1, which is controlled by the government, before a live audience.

"I think that just imposing fines for homosexual propaganda among teenagers is not enough," Kisilev told viewers. "They should be banned from donating blood, sperm. And their hearts, in case of an automobile accident, should be buried in the ground or burned as unsuitable for the continuation of life."

Audience members applauded Kisilev's remarks. 

Russia's anti-gay law has received worldwide condemnation. It prohibits the positive portrayal of gay men or lesbians in a public venue where minors might be present, effectively outlawing Gay Pride marches and similar demonstrations. Its passage has sparked boycotts of Russian exports, in particular vodka, and calls for a boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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