From Russia with rainbows: Ice cream company in ‘gay propaganda’ row

From Russia with rainbows: Ice cream company in ‘gay propaganda’ row
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Posted on 9 Jul 2020

In a video conference with President Vladimir Putin, the head of Russia's official Union of Women has slammed one of the country’s ice-cream makers for using a rainbow on its packaging, claiming that doing so is promoting homosexuality.


Yekaterina Lakhova told Mr Putin: "They're quietly promoting these nice rainbow colours, using nice words, they're advertising an ice cream called Rainbow.” 

In response to Ms Lakhova, President Putin said: "If there are reasons to believe that this is propaganda for values that are not traditional to us, then… it must be managed by society, but not aggressively."


In a later interview, Ms Lakhova said: "I don't like the rainbow, just as I don't like the swastika."

Speaking to official news agency RIA Novosti, Armen Beniaminov, the vice-president of Chistaya Liniya, the ice-cream-making company at the centre of the controversy, said: "Our company advocates traditional family relations, and categorically disagrees with Ms Lakhova. We believe that the rainbow is sunlight after the rain, not the LGBT flag.


"As the father of a large family, I openly voted for the constitutional amendments specifically because one of them defends the traditional values."

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