I am not a supporter of gay rights; I am a champion of the law. People with a sexual orientation different from mine, for example, are citizens like the rest of us because various alternative orientations are not a crime under Russian law. As an ombudsman, it is my duty to defend their rights. These people can express their views and may ask for a site where they can do so. But the question arises as to where rights end and aggressive advocacy begins? This is an object for study. And one more thing. I, for one, would be very much surprised if the advocates of the traditional sexual orientation staged a manifestation and demonstration in support of their sexual preferences, and I would not see that as a case of upholding their rights.
Vladimir Lukin, Russian Human Rights Commissioner