Russian government official targets furry fandom in latest ‘extremism list’ proposal

In recent years, political debates globally have started to bleed into furry fandom. While many speak of furries bringing politics to the community, how about politics bringing furries into the picture?

In a proposal to Russia’s Parent’s Chamber on Wednesday (Sept 29), Andrey Tsyganov mentioned to label furries as an extremist ideology.

That is among other references to the LGBT community, radical feminism and the childfree movement.

To note,

All to increase birth rates?

Russia’s population is decreasing. This came in tandem with their decreasing annual population growth rate, which sat at 0.04% as of 2020.

On Jan 15, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared boosting birth rates as ‘vital’ to Russia’s future. He linked this with economic reasons.

In trying to do this, Russia’s conservative government has put up policies, some among which have targeted the LGBT community.

The most infamous of them is the ‘gay propaganda law,’ which started in 2013. The law’s debut has reportedly seen violence against LGBT people double since.

Russian state media says the law targets people ‘engaged in propaganda’ However, what the term ‘propaganda’ refers to is still open and ambiguous.

In 2013, the Russian President defended the law, saying the law doesn’t infringe on sexual minorities’ rights.

International observers on the other hand say it directly bans LGBT rights and culture. The European Court of Human Rights has found the law ‘discriminatory.’

Anger among furries grow; Russian furries remain ‘calm’ 

Furry fandom is the only subculture mentioned in the government official’s proposal. Thus, this attracted fear, concern and anger from furries globally. That includes furries with Russian heritage or are Russians themselves as well.

Because most furries are in marginalised groups like the LGBT community, emotions are intense. States one online user with Russian heritage, “this branding makes me even more scared to go there one day.”

To state, furry fandom has a presence in Russia. In fact, the country sees three conventions held each year. They are Zverofest, SillyCon (or TupiCon) and Rusfurence.

In writing to GFTV, Rusfurence says they ‘don’t have much comment’ and are ‘calm’ facing this situation.

Hi. We don’t have much to comment. The proposal to ban has so far been made as part of the discussion. It could take years from discussion to implementation, if, of course, someone is actively lobbying for it. So we are calm, and are waiting for the (COVID-19) lockdown to be relaxed as before.

Rusfurence

俄罗斯政府官员在最新的“极端主义名单”提案中针对兽圈

近年来,全球范围内的政治辩论已经开始渗入兽圈。当许多人谈到兽圈将政治带入社区时,有没想过,政治将兽圈带入政治场面时又如何呢?

在周三(9月29日)提交给俄罗斯父母院的提案中,Andrey Tsyganov提到要将兽圈标记为一种极端主义意识形态。

这其中还提到了LGBT群体、激进女权主义和无子女运动。

需要注意的是:

  • Tsyganov是俄罗斯联邦反垄断局的副局长。
  • 俄罗斯家长会的成立目标之一是提高该国的出生率。
  • 无子女运动指的是一种全球趋势,即人们选择不生育。

仅为了提高出生率?

俄罗斯的人口正在减少。这与他们不断下降的年人口增长率同步,截至2020年,他们的年人口增长率为0.04%。

2020年1月15日,俄罗斯总统弗拉基米尔-普京宣布,提高出生率对俄罗斯的未来“至关重要”。他将此与经济原因联系起来。

为了做到这一点,俄罗斯的保守政府制定了一些其中针对LGBT群体的政策。

其中最臭名昭著的是2013年开始的“同性恋宣传禁令”(全名:保护儿童免遭反传统家庭价值观信息的影响法)。

据报道,该法律的首次亮相使俄罗斯国内针对LGBT人群的暴力上升两成。

俄罗斯国家媒体称,该法律针对的是“从事宣传(关LGBT)”的人。然而,”宣传“一词指的是什么,仍然是开放和模糊的。

2013年,俄罗斯总统为该法律辩护,称该法律没有侵犯性少数群体的权利。

另一方面,国际观察家们说它直接禁止了LGBT的权利和文化。欧洲人权法院认为该法律具有’歧视性’。

兽圈情绪激烈;俄罗斯兽圈维持冷静

兽圈是政府官员的提案中唯一提到的亚文化。因此,这吸引了全球兽友们的恐惧、担忧和愤怒。

这包括有俄罗斯血统或本身就是俄罗斯人的兽友们。

因为兽圈大多数都来自像LGBT社区那样的边缘群体,情绪因此很激烈。

一位具有俄罗斯血统的在线用户说:”这(法律给兽圈挂的名牌)让我更害怕有一天去(俄罗斯)”。

要说明的是,兽圈在俄罗斯是有的。事实上,这国家每年都有三个兽展。它们是Zverofest、SillyCon(或TupiCon)和Rusfurence。

受采访时,Rusfurence表示他们对此“没有太多的评论”,并将“平静“地面对这种情况。

你好,我们没有什么可评论的。到目前为止,禁止的建议是作为讨论的一部分提出的。

当然,如果有人积极游说的话,(这提案)从讨论到实施可能需要几年时间

所以我们对此很冷静,(同时也)正在等待(2019冠状病毒)趋势下降到像以前一样放松。

Rusfurence

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