On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at a plenary session of the 18th annual meeting Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi and slammed Western “woke” values, claiming that the pro-LGBT narrative is a “crime against humanity.”
“The discussion about the rights of men and women has turned into a total phantasmagoria in a number of Western countries,” Putin said. “Those who risk saying that men and women still exist, and that this is a biological fact, are virtually ostracized.”
The topic of the event was “Global Shake-up in the 21st Century.”
“We see with bemusement the paralysis unfolding in countries that have grown accustomed to viewing themselves as the flagships of progress,” Putin said during the event.
Putin went on to levy heavy criticism against the rewriting of history by the left-wing in the US.
“Of course, it’s none of our business or what is happening, the social and cultural shocks that are happening in some countries in the Western countries, some believe that aggressive blotting out of whole pages of your own history, the affirmative action in the interest of minorities, and the requirement to renounce the traditional interpretation of such basic values as mother, father, family, and the distinction between sexes are a milestone … a renewal of society.”
Putin said that Western nations had a right to do whatever they wanted to do but that “the overwhelming majority of Russian society” rejected these new ways of thinking.
“The preparedness of the so-called social progress believe that the bringing a new conscience, a new consciousness to humanity, something that is more correct,” Putin said.
“But there is one thing I would like to say: The recipes they come up with are nothing new.
Paradoxical as it may seem, but this is something we saw in Russia.
“It happened in our country before after the 1917 revolution, the Bolsheviks followed the dogmas of Marx and Engels.
“And they also declared that they would go into change the traditional lifestyle, the political, the economic lifestyle, as well as the very notion of morality, the basic principles for a healthy society.
“They were trying to destroy age and century-long values, revisiting the relationship between the people, they were encouraging informing on one’s own beloved, and families.
“It was hailed as the march of progress.
“And it was very popular across the world and it was supported by many, as we see, it is happening right now.”
“Incidentally, the Bolsheviks were absolutely intolerant of other opinions, different from their own,” Putin continued.
“I think this should remind you of something that is happening. And we see what is happening in the Western countries, it is with puzzlement that we see the practices Russia used to have and that we left behind in distant path, the fight for equality and against discrimination turns into an aggressive dogmatism on the brink of absurdity when great authors of the past such as Shakespeare are no longer taught in schools and universities because they announced as backward classics that did not understand the importance of gender or race.”
“In Hollywood, there are leaflets reminding what you should do in the cinema, in the films, how many personalities and actors you’ve got, what kind of color, what sex, and sometimes it’s even tighter and stricter than what the Department of Propaganda of the Soviet Communist Party Central Committee did,” he said.
“And the fight against racism, which is a lofty goal, turns into a new culture, cancel culture, and into reverse discrimination, racism on the obverse.
“And it brings people apart, whereas the true fighters for civic rights, they were trying to eliminate those differences.
“I asked my colleagues to find this quote from Martin Luther King, and he said, ‘I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.’
“That is a true value.”
“You know, the Bolsheviks were speaking about nationalizing not just the property, but also women,” Putin continued.
“The proponents of new approaches go so far as they want to eliminate the whole notions of men and women, and those who dare say that men and women exist and this is a biological fact, they are all but banished.
Putin stated that the efforts to change basic terminology to appease extreme elements in society were absurd.
“Parent number one, parent number two, or the parent that has given birth, or instead of breast milk, you say human milk. And you say all of that, so the people who are not sure of their sexual agenda are not unhappy.”
Putin noted that such efforts to control speech were part of the Soviet ‘Newspeak’ that was implemented as a form of social control.
“And I would like to say that this is not something new, and the 20s and the 1920s, the Soviet couture Tagore came up with the so-called ‘Newspeak’, and they thought that thereby they were building a new consciousness and coming up with new values, and they went so far that we feel the consequences up until now,” he concluded on the matter.
Newspeak was also the term used by George Orwell in his dystopian novel, “1984”. In the novel, the Party created Newspeak to meet the ideological requirements of Socialism in the fictional country of Oceania. Newspeak was a controlled language of simplified grammar and restricted vocabulary designed to limit the individual’s ability to think and articulate “subversive” concepts such as personal identity, self-expression, and free will. Such concepts are criminalized as thoughtcrime since they contradict the political agenda of the regime.
“There are some monstrous things when from a very young age, you teach to children that the boy can easily become a girl and you impose on them this selection, this choice.
“You push the parents aside and make the child take these decisions that can destroy their lives.
“And if we call the spade a spade, this is nigh to crime against humanity and all of that under the banner of progress, while some people just want to do that.”
In 2013, Russia passed a law banning the “promotion of non-traditional sexual values among minors” that was criticized by many international “human rights” organizations.
“I don’t care about a person’s orientation, and I myself know some people who are gay,” he said at the time. We are on friendly terms. I’m not prejudiced in any way.”
Putin claimed that the law was intended to protect children.