Polina Gagarina, the stunning singer who represented Russia at Eurovision 2015 with “A Million Voices”, left the world breathless. She grabbed second place, leaving 38 countries behind her, and achieved the highest number of points Russia has ever received in the contest. Such an incredible result should get the whole country behind her, and for the most part it did. But there was one notable exception. Shortly after the contest Vitaly Milonov, one of the most controversial politicians in Russia, described Polina as a traitor. Please pause and roll your eyes.

Vitaly Milonov on Polina and Conchita Wurst

Milonov isn’t annoyed that Polina came second. Instead his sleepless nights are down to the this Instagram video which shows Polina hugging and kissing Eurovision 2014 winner Conchita Wurst in the green room. Milonov, you’ll remember, is known for his hardline anti-LGBT beliefs. He was the architect of Russia’s now infamous “gay propoganda” law and other homophobic initiatives.

In the Instagram post above, Polina describes how Conchita came to congratulate her and how she was thrilled to hear that from the queen of Europe. After reading some disparaging comments on the post, the Russian star spoke out and asked her followers to be kinder because Conchita is a great performer and highly intelligent.

That’s left Vitaly Milonov outraged. Here’s his full response, which you can read in Russian on Rusvesna.su:

Who gave her the right to represent Russia? She represents only the private media structure, where Christian values are not on the first place. … The results are always falsified, the winner of Eurovision has no relation to talent. … When Russia proclaimed its Christian values and went against the propoganda of sodomy, a bearded pervert in women’s clothes went on to win Eurovision ….

Why did Gagarina, a married woman, kiss another man? What is so precious in hugging a mentally sick pervert? It was on purpose, because this is a condition of the contest to push a country as deep as possible, excuse me, into Euro-sh*t, using crude ways to affect the teenagers.

I criticised Gagarina’s kiss with this pervert, which she was doing with the name of Russia, but she immediately started arguing with us….Gagarina became part of the propoganda and she is a traitor of the Motherland – she betrayed Russia for some carpets, medals or something else … so she could become a propogander of Western sodomic values. …

Milonov speaks for himself

It’s uncomfortable to read such a rude — and dare we say backwards — statement from a politician, who is supposed to demonstrate the “morality” he claims to uphold. The last time we checked foul language and hate-mongering weren’t Christian values.

In any case, we should not judge all Russian people, or even all Russian politicians, by Mr. Milonov’s harsh words. His mental health has been publicly questioned and people have even started a petition to assess his health. Remember: This is the same man who recently proposed a ban on walking around the city topless (for both, men and women). #insane.

Many people in Russia are tolerant and open-minded, and are willing to fight against discrimination of all kinds. Just look at how Polina handled an LGBT question during the semi final 1 winners’ press conference. We should focus on these kinds of people — the ones who stand up to the hate, and promote love and happiness for everybody. Theirs is the voice of the Russian people I know.

A million voices, but only one Polina. You are our hero and we LOVE you!

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This was very brave.
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paco
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Huela mal.

paco
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APESTA

paco
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“Fooo”

adriana_gabriela
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adriana_gabriela

Polina done an excellent job at Eurovision and she was such a sweet all the way.All my respect for Polina and dont forget Europe loves you girl.

LERCY
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LERCY

Russian politican and Polina … I don’t like them both.

Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers
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Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers

It really makes you wonder to be informed about how many Millions Russians are gay or belong generally to GLBT..
I think that just the humosexuals russians men must be more than *A Million* 4 sure.. <3 🙂
Maybe if they made a anonymous poll so to figure out about these numbers of Russia's population it would be really imformative..

Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers
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Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers

Polina offered us a so beautiful performance in Vienna… <3
The Vision at its pure finest…<3
At first i did not really like so much her song {although i had it in my top15} but with her mesmerizing live show she won me completely! <3
Polina deserved the trophy a bit more than Mans..
With no offense as his own performance was splendid & perfect..

Dorian
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Dorian

Esc has become too gay, and Conchita winning was a disgrace.

But. The reaction from this politician is rather “far fetched” too say the least. Even if the “gay tag” some people put to the contest is annoying and wrong. I have no problems with gays, and I am against gay discrimniation.

Still. There are silly reactions from both sides. Those pathetic people booing for Russia at Esc for instance.

Vladimir P.
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Vladimir P.

This person, Vitaly Milonov, is a sick and disgusting creature for of hatred. He doesn’t understand what being a Christian means. God help Russia if this is the person whose opinion public there cares about. He should be arrested for spreading hatred.

Alex
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Alex

There were some people questioning why Polina didn’t explicitly mention LGBT people in her response to the question from the Turkish reporter after the first semifinal… well, now you folks know what she’s up against. A whole bunch of ignorance, and stupid, insecure, bigoted judgment.

Ken Kit Alexandersson
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Polina Gagarina deserved to be respected inspite of her actions in Eurovision Song Contest not just hugging and holding the hand of the Queen of Europe (I mean, Conchita) but speaking the language of love thru her song. Until Russian politicians don’t know how to respect different kinds of people, from the most conservative to liberal one, they will not get respected too. I feel other Russian people (from my social media friends) that they should not get humiliated because they’re not the same as their government leaders. Religious gospel should use itself to correct people to walk along the… Read more »

Mar
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Mar

What is truly worrying and sickening is that that man has an actual job within the Russian goverment and gets to inflict his views on millions of lives. He is unable to differenciate the church dogma from the State which has the obligation to ensure equal human rights (like freedom in all of its forms) for everyone. Many catholic countries like Ireland, Spain, Uruguay or Argentina have been able to overcome these conflicting issues, so why not an advanced society like Rusia? This kind of oppression has no place in the 21st century.(why am I even posting this in a… Read more »

Fatima
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Fatima

A consequence of this story is, I feel, that Russia will find it difficult to get someone of the status of Polina to represent them next year. The booing is going to be louder in Sweden than it was in Austria. The pressure to make a pro-LGBT gesture will be greater.

Pasha
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Pasha

Who cares about what this Melonov has to say? Who’s he? He is nobody. Never heard of him.

BeardPapa
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BeardPapa

Better call the waahmbulance for poor Vitaly. A$$wipe.

EurovisionFan
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EurovisionFan

Most of the people in the world is straight but not all is homphobic
I like to read about and discuss music it is what Eurovision is
about music

Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love ~ Summer Lovers
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Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love ~ Summer Lovers

Polina had made a sexy photo shoot 4 the men magazine MAXIM back in 2012..
I had seen that she was accused with that way to promore Russia’s traditional values..

Well give her a break…In that photo shoot she did not go full frontal or even topless..Actually it was not really nude posing but just sexy..
And she did this 3 years ago that she was not that famous at least outside of Russia..
After all we see mainly all of the celebs singers doing this kind of sexy nude photo shoots & they are even posing half naked topless or even full frontal..

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Mario ~ Religion Is The Cancer Aids Of Humanity

@ Francheska What can we do really… I have faced so much homophobic s**t in the internet by tones of different people with result to have become kinda immune.. BUT it really bugs me that all these religious people think that they have the right to behave homosexuals people like that.. Like the extremists fanatic muslims that are throwing gay people from buildings to their death… It really breaks my heart to witness this.. Just anyone of us could be in their places.. Or the lesbians that are raped & killed in places like South Africa.. Wherever the religion rises… Read more »

Mario ~ GAY Is The New Normal!
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Mario ~ GAY Is The New Normal!

I have been informed that there are many STRAIGHT men that like to cross dress wearing female clothes…Seriously.. And they are not effeminate at all.. There are many gay guys that consider themselfs real men & like to cross dress as drag queens like Conchita as well.. You will gonna meet multiple different types & kinds of men in the world.. Now lately we were read in the news about that celebrity Bruce Jenner to change sex and become female…And he identifies himself as women lover & not gay…{So technically a lesbian..} And yeah all these men are normal in… Read more »

Francheska
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If your motherland can be destroyed by a hug, you have a really weak motherland. Give it some credit.
Furthermore, I’m also very concerned with the religious tone of the homophobia. It’s increasingly similar to rhetoric in the United States, and that is what truly terrifies me. Hopefully this guy will eventually get the help he needs.

Mario (Maria for Goran / Maltish)
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Mario (Maria for Goran / Maltish)

@ Ok Goran/Maltish…
WHY you get upset now & go to insult me like that?
And im the only one here that did not write mean words about you from all the angry users that did..
And yeah just because im gay homo this means that i must be effeminate or feel like im female my self to your own homophobic standards i guess..

So just leave it..
I really do not have anything else to say to u now..
Im kinda bit pissed..

Daniel
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Daniel

I was so glad that Polina did this. Whether or not she is homophobic (which I doubt (otherwise she would be a hypocrite because she sings about love)) but I was thinking if she did anything with Conchita, somewhere, someone in Russia would immediately go and say something as stupid like this. So we’ll done Polina, I am sorry that you are surrounded by imbeciles.

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AcceptanceofalllifestylesIamGöranGreider

Sorry I changed my name and mind about things my friend. hope I didnt make any trouble.

Gayhater666IamGöranGreider
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Gayhater666IamGöranGreider

I am sorry if i offended you Maria my friend, ofcourse you can be gay, transgender or even a horse if you want. I am acceptance of all lifestyles.

// Göran

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mawnck

DFTT, y’all.

We have a bumper crop of idiot politicians here in the USA as well, and morons who elect them. The hell with ’em all.

Calvin
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Calvin

Y’all are doing just fine saying all that I want to say on the LGBT rights front, so there’s nothing I could add besides “this world is changing, and slowly but surely, we’re finding a way into happiness and equality” and that I hope Russia, a country that’s given the world and the LGBT community so many icons and advances, can finally see the light soon. On the Eurovision front, I hope that they send something that actually sounds like it only could’ve come from Russia next year for the first time since 2012. But aside from that, I really… Read more »

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blondboybc

I’m personally quite pleased that Conchita sat with Polina, praised her and gave her a hug. She obviously transcended the homophobia, hate and bigotry emanating from Polina’s homeland. It was just lovely to see them together. You go girl, give her a hug! Let the religious zealots stew in their own hate. 😉

Mario
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Mario

Anyway….
We had some long conversation…It might went a bit out of line but we are ok..
So…Lets stay on the topic..
I wanted to post some stuff on the subject but now i do not know if i will for reasons…Will see if i change mind later..

And i do not hate or feel real empathy towards Maltish..
Its just the fact that i knew him here on WiWiBloggs 4 how long so can not behave to him as i would if it would be the first time that i would see him posting..

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Deven O'Kearney

@Maltish

I agree with Darren. It’s completely wrong to compare LGBTs to paedophiles. To be quite honest, the comparison you made there is disgusting. Seriously.

Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers
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Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers

@ Try to enjoy as much you can pal that your Azerbaijan currently is not gay friendly country because this castle will fall soon.. 😛 I believe that in the near future gays will be able to get married there and have families adopting children and they will have just the same rights as straight couples/citizens already do.. Maybe you will adapt your own beliefs/views as well & not think anymore the same about GLBT people…Never say never… After all im sure that you are not the same person that you used to be ages ago with not changing your… Read more »

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Timbardur62

@Azerbaijan: The land where LGBT is not accepted because it is an abnormal act… This change of nickname just proves, how poorly your self-confidence is built up. And just for this once, don’t put words into your country fellowmen’s mouths, because they don’t think like you, and you are just harming your wonderful country. I have been in Baku so I know it is not “a hell on earth” as you describe it to be. Just go to sleep, go away. PS, did they ban your nick Maltish already? No need to answer. I’ve said mine. Cheers, all the friends… Read more »

Mario
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Mario

@ Well & with no offense to your beliefs dear *Maltish*…
But your GreAtY Land of Fire Azerbaijan has sent the most gay participants in our Vision..
Eldar ~ Farid ~ Elnur {even if they are not officially out of the closet of course..}

Tooji of Norway that participated in the Vision of your Land of Fire was not out of the closet as well but it was 101% obvious that he IS homosexual..

Mario
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Mario

Oh…I did not get any clue actually about why you did that…
You have your own skeptic & reasons and i rest my case..
Now i really wonder how old are you…You can let me know if u want..
And im 29 years old as i already had written..

( P.S. ~ And NO…To let u know, the #1 greatest country in the world is the *Gay Vision Neverland*…. I live there actually <3 )

Mario
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Mario

And i really thought that you are Maltese {Maltish} from Malta..
My mistake…Anyway..

Maltish
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Maltish

Oh…I kinda wrote your nickname wrong.. :PP
Although the correct right one is the *Maltese* actually..

Maltese
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Maltese

@ Maltish Its nothing the same.. If someone stole your real identity pretending to be you wouldn’t you have a serious problem with him? If another country wanted to steal your country’s history pretending that its Malta {as you are Maltese on your nickname} wouldn’t you have a problem with that too? If ME here changed my nickname here pretending that its YOU wouldn’t you have a problem with that? So you should not think that im rascist because i call them FYR and not Macedonia.. Macedonia is Greek & is in Greece…There is NO other Macedonia.. These people are… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Oh my god?traitor?Really?It’s like she worked with Americans in the 60’s.You just laugh with people like that.I mean it’s just EUROVISION.Wow europe is a mess! Sexual racism, economical racism…..I don’t think eurovision unites europe any more.

Timbardur62
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Timbardur62

@Maltish: The land of fire, Azerbaijan? Don’t pull your country’s pride and fame into mud with your opinions then! I know many people from AZ and they are sick of hatred and rude speech like yours. I’m getting even more surprised and depressed because of you. Shame on you, poor little thing.

Darren
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Darren

@maltish I am horrified to see you compare LGBT people to pedophiles And that you want rights for pedophiles. What a completely sick and twisted thing to say.First of all, LGBT are consenting adults, whereas children are not. When a child is a victim of pedophilia , they lose all of their childhood innocence and a massive part of their life is taken away, they are forced to grow up too fast and thus can result in mental problems for that child in the future. Secondly, pedophiles take advantage of a child’s innocence for their own personal gain. You are… Read more »

Deniz@TurkNL
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Muahahah that guy Vitaly looks like he never had a woman himself and sits alone at the pc screen all day (kinda like me) Nobody sould take that Partypooper serious.

V
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V

Don’t take him serious. Nobody likes him in Russia.

EF0912
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EF0912

@Maltish
I dont wish to be involved in the argument but im curious: Are you religious or something and are you from Russia?

Darren
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Darren

Wow, my head hurts after reading so much unnecessary hate. If this Russian politician guy hates the West and hates anything modern that isn’t religious why was he even watching the Eurovision? Or following Polina on Instagram? I think this is a man who looks for attention or ties too hard to be controversial. Really, I wouldn’t pay close attention to what he says, he is clearly an attention seeker. I think Polina represented her country gracefully, in spite of everything going on in her Country. Her song wasn’t in my Top 10, I didn’t really like it, but as… Read more »

anonymous
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anonymous

Also @maltish, you are pathetic. Stop generalising your opinion by using facts. You cannot call a gay person abnormal. Gay people are humans too and if you cannot accept that then you are not normal.

Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers
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Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers

@ Maltish
Plus…Forgot about that…
Of course it is a song contest and not a gay contest…That is common sense i guess…We have cleared it about that..
I might believe whatever i want in my mind or have that nickname but i never said that it represents all the others and its the reality..

That guy in this video said to the american woman that EuroVision is like the Gay superbowl but of course did not mean that its only about gays..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4vsfb8Mb6s

Maltish
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Maltish

@Mario: Why do YOU personally not like Macedonians. Why do you insist calling them, by a name which they do not like to be called by. You personally ( Your country and other greeks is another matter ) look down on Macedonians living in F.Y.R of Macedonia. You yourself make a personal decision to opress Macedonians. You’re view on LGBT when compared to your view on Macedonians is the most Hypocritical thing, I have ever seen. How can you accept one group ( Whose main focus is to live in a very accepting society ) yet hate on another group… Read more »

Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers
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Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers

@ Maltish
Ok im really surprised negatively about your personal views but you do not deserve to get excluded from our community just because of that..
And we will keep interracting here on any matter/topic about eurovision..
We are all here just to spend our time and have fun..
If you have something againist any user’s opinion just keep in mind that you won’t be friends or boyfriends with him in real life… So its ok i guess..

anonymous
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anonymous

Vitaly Milonov’s comments about this are absolutely absurd. First of all, a woman hugging a drag queen does not mean you are a traitor to your country. Some people might perceive it as betraying religion, which is unnecessary considering that religion has become a bit irrelevant over time. Secondly, the fact that people question Milonov’s mental health indicates that his comments should be considered as nonsense and should not be taken seriously. I see no point of Russia being intolerant to the LGBT community as there is no point. This is a fundamental reason to why Russia have been booed… Read more »

Huh
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Huh

Maltish: Can’t help but replying to your comment. Anyway, if that is your opinion, then be it. You’ve said it yourself that those are your opinion. Just don’t make it turn it into facts because facts aren’t opinions. And you are defending it as a fact. Those ‘opinions’ you have doesn’t seem too credible because they are mostly generalizations, therefore making it look like weak arguments. When did internet argument even become that credible? Better change your ‘opinions’ to facts and back it up with credible sources to justify your claims. You are as gullible as the people you’re pertaining… Read more »