A town of Svetogorsk, 200 kilometers away from St. Petersburg and 5 kilometers from Russian-Finnish border, with 16.000 — strong population, is in top headlines of Russian news-websites. Mayor Sergey Davydov told the media there is no one gay living in the area and invited Russian prominent antigay activist, member of parliament Vitaly Milonov, to come to the town.
The remarks by the mayor came after an incident that took place in the town on February 28. Social networks users shared photos of penis-shaped candies that were being sold in a local shop located near a school.
The sweet cocks attracted attention of the authorities that demanded the candies be withdrawn. The 47news.ru website reported the news headlined «Tough Svetogorsk’s Authorities Finished Sweet Penises In Ten Minutes».
Sergey Davydov, a former colonel, said that customers could have poured the candies out onto the sellers themselves.
Following the scandal, Sergey Davydov went further on March 1 by claiming that the town is gay free. In his short interview with 47news.ru, he said: «They will not penetrate even from the West» with seemingly allusion to neighbouring Finland.
The mayor invited Vitaly Milonov, Russian politician, who wrote and initiated the anti-gay law in St. Petersburg and now is the Russian MP, to come to visit Svetogorsk to see what the real fight against gays should be like.
The way how Sergey Davydov has managed to check all the residents and their sexual orientation remains unclear.
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