Dear Mr. Fry!
I am a citizen of Russia and I am writing to you in response to your open letter to the IOC. Mr. Fry, first of all I wish to say that I deeply respect you as a great actor, as well as I do respect you nationality, sexual orientation, opinion about God (or rather His absence) and generally all about you, sir. But I cannot but say some words.
Beatings, murders and humiliations are ignored by the police.
Any defence or sane discussion of homosexuality is against the law.
That is not quite true. Police reacts to beating and murders of homosexuals just as much as it does to beating and murders of the so-called "straight". It is not that we hate homosexuals so much, it is that our police is so bad. If you mass media propaganda continuously lies to all of you, showing only what it wants to show (for example, that it was Russia that started bombing Ossetia, while it were Georgian soldiers who right in the night started killing everyone, including women and kids, and Russia came to save those people), it does not mean that clever gentlemen like you should believe in all that rave.
As for the law – it does not prohibit homosexuals or their views, it prohibits namely the propaganda of homosexuality, i.e. prohibits saying that being homosexuals is great and being straight sucks! That’s what it says! You either did not read that law, or had a wrong translation of it.
You further say:
Any statement, for example, that Tchaikovsky was gay and that his art
and life reflects this sexuality and are an inspiration to other gay
artists would be punishable by imprisonment.
Absolutely not true, again! Absolutely dishonest and impudent lies and I do not know where you got it from, but I suspect that from the same sources that I have mentioned above. I assure you, that whoever may say that standing in Red Square and he would not even be arrested, because everyoune knows that it is true and noone punishes people for that in Russia! Stop believeing that Russia is all about vodka, balalaika, bears and Stalin, please! (by the way, Stalin was Georgian)
You protect Pussy Riot. I also do protect it as a process ;), but I cannot be an advocate for those girls. Why do you think, Mr. Fry, that when those girls start behaving in a shameless manner in the church where I prey to my God – it's OK and they do not insult my feelings, and when you say that He does not exist you also do not insult my feelings, but when Russian Government says "no more homosexual propaganda!" – they DO insult your feelings? It is your typical western double-standards again! We MAY, you MAY NOT!
About Jews. We all know how your people suffered from Hitler. May be you do not know it, but Russia also lost some 30 million people in the WW2. That's why hinting at our anti-Semitism or something like that is just unfair!
Homosexuals suffer to this or that extent in any country and suicide is possible everywhere. It is not that ugly Putin that forces them to do that. And even if there are some idiots in our Government, it does not mean that you should deprive the entire nation of the Olympic Games. The Kremlin is the Kremlin, and the people are the people! These things are not always the same.
I am writing this to you only because my respect towards you is so great! Sorry for my English. My favourite comedy always will be Jeeves and Wooster, anyway!
Andrei S., Russia