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Putin slams ‘cancel culture’ and trans rights, calling teaching gender fluidity ‘crime against humanity’

October 22, 2021 at 4:54 a.m. EDT

The Thursday remarks reflect efforts to rally “hardcore conservatives and supporters of traditional values” around Putin, wrote Tatiana Stanovaya, head of the Moscow-based R.Politik think tank, on a Telegram channel.

“This ideological spin, which is becoming more and more official and concrete, is the main aid to repressions, much stronger than any election,” she said.

Putin is trying to show that he “stands for values that will not divide society and throw it into chaos,” said Matthew Sussex, a Russia expert at the Australian National University. “On the one hand, it’s a unifying message. But on the other hand, it does hit … the transgender and gay communities that the Russian government has continued to target.”

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