Hilde, I agree with you about Russia and gays but it's not the worst thing happening in Russia. Democracy, human rights are more serious issues. You can't expect tolerance against gays if they have very little tolerance for people who think differently in general.
I hate the Russian government and Putin almost more than anything else. It's not just the general things but how they try to influence (and do influence) our parties, how they buy newspapers to publish what they want, how they are trying to separate the Russians in Latvia from the Latvians. Did you know that Russians in Russia consider Latvia as their enemy no.2 (after the US)? It's ridiculous but it's true, and I think Estonia was no.3 on that list. See the power of their propaganda machine? Russia just can't leave the Baltic countries alone and I hate it, and sometimes it also scares me. I try not to think about it in general.
I am worried about the skinheads in Russia who kill the people/immigrants from the Caucasus and Central Asia (racism) and then Russia accuses us (meaning Latvia and Estonia) being fascist countries!
And what a paradox - Russia suffered most (at least so they say) from fascism during WW II and now there are nationalists (meaning fascists) acting freely and killing people. And yes they kill gays too, beat them to death simply because they're gay, absolutely horrible to read.
It's horrible that Putin has endorsed the worshipping of Stalin, that really scares me.
OK Evita, you watching the great match?
Hope Milos won't cheat this time.