“Traditional family, a healthy nation is our strategic choice,” Putin reaffirmed, speaking with rights activists at the Kremlin today.
But he added, “This should not look as if we intend to persecute people of some non-traditional orientation.”
“One does not preclude the other,” Russian news agencies quoted Putin as saying. “I believe that such balanced approach is absolutely the right one.”
Since returning to the Kremlin for a third term in 2012, Putin has pushed an increasingly conservative agenda, seeking to promote Russia as the antithesis of the West…