Where in Oz To Picket, Write, Demonstrate Against Putin


State flag of Russia: Olga Lednichenko

I think it’s safe to say we are all horrified, angry and afraid about what is happening to the LGBTI community in Russia. Is anyone is Australia planning a series of protests (addresses and contact details at the end of this post)?

I have written on this site many times about the various boycotts and protests that are out there. Including this one planned for London August 10, this for Toronto August 3. Others are in the works for San Francisco and New York. Can we please have one in Australia?

And as Kevin Rudd is shortly off to St Petersburg for the G20 meeting, perhaps you could ask him to speak out about it there. The 2013 G-20 Russia summit will be the eighth meeting of the G-20 heads of government. The hosting venue will be the Constantine Palace in Saint PetersburgRussia, 5–6 September 2013.

Do I think people should boycott the Sochi2014 Games? No.

I would like to see all the stadia filled with spectators wearing rainbow clothing, carrying rainbow flags, with prominent rainbow patches on their backpacks and everywhere else. Everyone. Gay, straight, whatever we got!

I would like to see every athlete wearing large prominent rainbow flags sewn to their competition outfits.  Everyone. Gay, straight, whatever we got!

I would like to see every medal winner on every podium make a gesture of support for the LGBTI community: wave a flag, wear a rainbow glove: perhaps we should devise a special salute?

In the meantime I would like to see Australian politicians of all stripes condemn what is happening in no uncertain terms. Especially Kevin Rudd at the upcoming G20 summit.

And it would be great if activists here would follow the lead of those in the USA, UK and Europe, writing to Russian diplomats and businesses and holding demonstrations outside Russian embassies and consulates.  Here’s some links to get you started

The Russian Ambassador to Australia


RUSSIAN EMBASSY  78 Canberra Avenue
Griffith ACT 2603
Tel: (02) 6295 9033
Fax: (02) 6295 1847
e-mail:Consular section:78 Canberra Ave.,
Griffith, ACT, 2603
Tel: (02) 6295 9474
Fax: (02) 6295 1001
e-mailCommercial Office:
5 Arkana Street
Yarralumla ACT 2600
Tel: (02) 6281 2716
Fax: (02) 6285-2396

Embassy Hotline:
+61 423 004 816

Outside of Canberra there are consular offices elsewhere in Australia.


Consulate-General of the Russian Federation in Sydney

7-9 Fullerton Street,
WoollahraNSW 2025
Tel : (02) 9326-1188 9326-1866
Fax : (02) 9327-5065
e-mail :
Mr Pavel Vanichkin
Senior Correspondent in Australia
ph. (02) 9398 2321
Irina Bruk – Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Brisbane
Addresses: 4/284 Vulture Street, Kangaroo Point, QLD
Level 2 Grant Thornton Building 102 Adelaide Street, Brisbane
tel.: (07) 3391 6030 mobile: 0421 930 592
Postal address: PO Box 7355 , East Brisbane Qld 4169
Larisa Vakulina – Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Adelaide
Address: 2A McLaren Parade, Port Adelaide SA 5015
tel.: (08) 8341 3081 fax: (08) 8341 1211
Postal address: PO Box 3286 , Port Adelaide SA 5015
Archpriest Fr. Vladimir (Makeev) Sydney   (02) 9622 5322
Melbourne, The Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity
Archpriest Igor Filianovsky
6 Oxford Street,
VIC 3066

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)