I'm not sure it's fair to single Russia out for anti-Semitism. Over the centuries when there have been difficult times practically anywhere in Europe the Jews have been a prime scapegoat.
True, but it has seen unusual heights of violence over the lasty two hundred years in Russia, and often very little resistance from the state, from public aouthorities. And I'm sorry to say this, but the Russian Orthodox church, admirable in many other ways, has been encouraging violence and anger against Jews at many of those itmes. Especially troubling because Dashenka's defence of how the amnti-gay law should be accepted and not challenged in Russia, that defence seems to rest on roughly this:
1.Many people in Russia fear or despise homosexuality and other kinds of LGBT sexual lifestyles.
2.The government in a country can and should do what it needs to do to soothe people's fears, even if the fear has very little rational basis.
3. (2) is a fair motive for enacting laws according to (1), even if the "crimes" would not hurt anyone.
4. (1)+(3): It is rightful of Russia (Putin and the duma) to enact these laws against the presence of gay/LGBT activities and LGBT visibility in public.
Any of those statements would work just as fine if the fear, and the laws, were aimed at Jews in Russia, or Jewish culture and presence.
Dashenka.... You're really making it hard to avoid Godwin's law. Really really hard.... >.>
From a book I found about Treasures of the Kremlin
: "The terrible Ivan prayed for the souls of those very people whose earthly lives he had destroyed, whom he had sent to the gallows". Apparently he did a 'good job' in other ways...