Obama to Meet Russian Sodomite Activists on G20 Visit

September 4, 2013


US President Barack Obama will meet with Russian gay rights activists in the course of his visit to Russia, two groups invited to the meeting told AFP Wednesday.

The US leader, who called for equal rights for gays on the eve of his trip to Saint-Petersburg for the G20 summit, will meet with activists on Friday evening, said Igor Kochetkov, an activist who has been invited to the meeting.

Kochetkov, who heads the group LGBT Network, told AFP that he plans to attend to speak about “rights violations based on sexual orientation” and call for international monitoring of such violations.

A representative of another Saint-Petersburg-based gay rights group Coming Out, Anna Anisimova, told AFP they have also received an invitation and will have someone attend.

A White House official said Wednesday that Obama will “meet with Russian civil society leaders to discuss the important role civil society plays in promoting human rights and tolerance”.

Representatives of groups supporting LGBT rights, human rights, free media and the environment have been invited, he said.

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