Former Russian Billionaire Says to “Kill Gays, Lesbians” German Sterligov

MOSCOW, August 16, 2010 (GayRussia)

Russia’s first legal billionaire of modern times has called for the killing of all gays and lesbians.

Former super-rich oligarch German Sterligov, who is said to have amassed a fortune in the commodities exchanges when aged 24 following the collapse of the Soviet Union, confirmed that he wanted all gay men and women killed when he was interviewed on the popular Moscow radio station Echo Moskvi.

During the radio show, the host of Cultural Shock, Ksenia Larina, asked Sterligov: “I want to understand, German, what you want to do … what to do not only with atheists but also with gays and lesbians?”

Sterligov responded: “As it is written by the Apostle Paul, ‘Let it be their blood upon their heads.’”

Other guests on the program chipped in. One asked: “This is what is written about gays and lesbians?”

“Yes,” replied Sterligov. “This is what is written about the homosexuals.”German Sterligov

Another guest wanted clarification. “That means to kill?”

“Yes, for sure,” Sterligov confirmed.

Before this exchange, Sterligov said that he would never hire any gay man or woman to work for him. “No, well … homosexuals would not be given a job under any circumstance … never.”

“And if there is ever a law in the state requiring me to employ homosexuals, I would immediately disobey it,” he added.

Sterligov further explained his position about the laws: “I believe in God and for me the laws of God are above the laws of man. Where they coincide, I admit them. Where they are contrary to the law of God, I spit on them.”
The hate speech of Sterligov drew immediate and sharp condemnation from gay and lesbian activists of the organization Article 282, whose aim is to combat homophobic hate speech and incitement of violence against sexual minorities and defamation.

Representatives have appealed to the General Prosecutor's Office to investigate if the words of Sterligov were inciting hatred and inciting violence against homosexuals, as a social group.

“We intend to initiate criminal proceedings against Mr. Sterligov for his calls to violence against gays and lesbians in Russia,” LGBT activist Nikolai Baev, director of Article 282 said this morning.

“Such words are outrageous and unacceptable in a civilized society.

“Mr. Sterligov must understand that he lives in a secular state in the 21 century, and not in a fiefdom in the 16 century,” Mr. Baev pointed out to UK Gay News.

“He can somehow relate to gays and lesbians, but calls for their destruction is contrary to the laws of the Russian Federation, and the basic norms of morality.

“In the private sphere, he can preach all sorts of homophobic and xenophobic ideas. However, the public advocacy of violence and hatred is prohibited by law in Russia. We will require the application of this law to protect the rights, lives and dignity of LGBT citizens of Russia” Baev

Baev said that Marriage Equality Russia, and the LGBT human rights project GayRussia – were joining with the Article 282 group for an appeal to the Prosecution Office for Sterligov’s alleged violation of Article 282 of the constitution.

Sterligov is known for his fundamentalist Orthodox views.

He virtually turned his back on his immense wealth five years ago. He shed his plush mansions and penthouse apartments in the most desirable areas of New York, London, Geneva and Moscow, not to mention a châteaux in Burgundy, for the “simple life” in the country. He is said to have given away most of his wealth.
Reprinted from UK Gay News

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