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July 7, 2020

The Government in Egypt Arresting Doctors and Critics Over The Virus Outbreak


There is someone is Washington that would love those powers but thank goodness we have a different type of government and Constitution_Let's Keep It



                                 

  

The Associated Press

A doctor arrested after writing an article about Egypt’s fragile health system. A pharmacist picked up from work after posting online about a shortage of protective gear. An editor taken from his home after questioning official coronavirus figures. A pregnant doctor arrested after a colleague used her phone to report a suspected coronavirus case.

As Egyptian authorities fight the swelling coronavirus outbreak, security agencies have tried to stifle criticism about the handling of the health crisis by the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi.

At least 10 doctors and six journalists have been arrested since the virus first hit Egypt in February, according to rights groups. Other health workers say they have been warned by administrators to keep quiet or face punishment. One foreign correspondent has fled the country, fearing arrest, and another two have been summoned for reprimand over “professional violations.” 

Coronavirus infections are surging in the country of 100 million, threatening to overwhelm hospitals. As of Monday, the Health Ministry had recorded 76,253 infections, including 3,343 deaths — the highest death toll in the Arab world.

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“Every day I go to work, I sacrifice myself and my whole family,” said a front-line doctor in greater Cairo, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, like all doctors interviewed for this story. “Then they arrest my colleagues to send us a message. I see no light on the horizon.”

In 2013, el-Sissi, as defense minister, led the military’s removal of Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, after his brief rule sparked nationwide protests. In years since, el-Sissi has stamped out dissent, jailing Islamist political opponents, secular activists, journalists, even belly dancers.

Now the clampdown has extended to doctors who speak publicly about missing protective gear or question the official infection count.

A government press officer did not respond to requests for comment on the arrests of doctors and journalists but did send The Associated Press a document entitled “Realities defeating evil falsehoods,” which details what it says are el-Sissi’s successes in improving the economy and fighting terrorism.

El-Sissi has said the virus’s trajectory was “reassuring” and described critics as “enemies of the state.”

In recent weeks, authorities have marshaled medical supplies to prepare for more patients. The military has set up field hospitals and isolation centers with 4,000 beds and delivered masks to citizens, free of charge, at metro stops, squares and other public places. 

The government has scaled up testing within all general hospitals and ordered private companies to churn out face masks and gear for front-line health workers. El-Sissi has ordered bonuses for medical workers equivalent to $44-$76 a month.

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But health personnel are sounding the alarm on social media. Doctors say shortages have forced them to purchase surgical masks with their meager salaries. Families plead for intensive care beds. Dentists and pharmacists complain of being forced to handle suspected virus patients with little training.

The pandemic has pushed the Egyptian Medical Syndicate, a non-political group of professionals, into a striking new role as the country’s sole advocate for doctors’ rights.

Last month, the union released a letter to the public prosecutor demanding the release of five doctors detained for expressing their views about the government virus response. More syndicate members have been arrested than reported, said one board member, but families have kept quiet.

Doctors’ low morale sank further last week, following the arrest of board member and treasurer Mohamed el-Fawal, who demanded on Facebook that the prime minister apologize for comments that appeared to blame health workers for a spike in coronavirus deaths.

In a televised briefing, Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly criticized doctors’ “negligence and mismanagement” for endangering citizens’ health.

Incensed doctors hit back, saying they’re untrained, underpaid and under-resourced, struggling to save patients at crowded clinics. So far at least 117 doctors, 39 nurses and 32 pharmacists have died from COVID-19, according to syndicate members’ counts, and thousands have fallen ill.

After Madbouly’s comments, the union scheduled a press conference in late June to raise awareness about doctors’ sacrifices and discuss staff and supply shortages. But before anyone could speak out, security forces surrounded the syndicate and sent members home, according to former leader Mona Mina. A communications officer who promoted the event was detained and interrogated by security agents for hours, said a board member, before being released.

In its latest statement, the syndicate said the accelerating detentions have caused “widespread anxiety” among health workers.

“These doctors have no history of activism, they were arrested because they offered criticism of their very specific professional circumstances,” said Amr Magdi of Human Rights Watch, which has confirmed the arrests of eight doctors and two pharmacists. Two have been released, he said, while the rest remain in pretrial detention.

Last week, Dr. Ahmed Safwat, an intensive care doctor in the Cairo suburb of Nasr City and syndicate board member, disappeared, according to social media posts from fellow doctors. Because he had experienced virus symptoms, many assumed he was self-isolating at home until his family filed a complaint to the syndicate, saying they hadn’t heard from him in days. A lawyer representing several detained doctors confirmed that he had been taken by state security and accused of terrorism activities. His last Facebook post also criticized the prime minister’s comments, adding, “The government says that everything is fine and under control, but you enter hospitals and find the opposite.”

In another case, security agents burst into the home of Hany Bakr, an ophthalmologist north of Cairo, according to his lawyer and Amnesty International, over his Facebook post that criticized the government for sending coronavirus aid to Italy and China while its own doctors were desperately short of protective equipment. He remains in detention on terrorism charges, his lawyer added.

In March, public prosecutors accused 26-year-old Alaa Shaaban Hamida of “joining a terrorist group” and “misusing social media” after she allowed a colleague to call the Health Ministry’s coronavirus hotline from her phone instead of first reporting the case to her managers, according to Amnesty International. Three months pregnant, she remains in pretrial detention.

Doctors in three different provinces say their administrators have threatened to report them to the National Security Agency if they expressed frustration over working conditions, walked off the job or called in sick.

In one of several voice recordings obtained by The Associated Press, a health deputy in the Nile Delta province of Beheira can be heard telling workers, “Even if a doctor is dying, he must keep working … or be subjected to the most severe punishment.”

In another message sent to staff, a hospital director in the same province describes those who fail to show up to work as “traitors,” adding, “this will be treated as a national security matter ... and you know how that goes in Egypt.”

A doctor in Cairo shared WhatsApp messages with the AP from his manager, alerting staff that their attendance sheets were monitored by state security. He said two of his colleagues received a pay cut when administrators discovered their complaints on social media. In two other hospitals in the capital, workers retracted letters of collective resignation over working conditions for fear of reprisals.

The suppression of criticism in Egypt is hardly unusual, analysts say, but the government has become even more jittery as the pandemic tests its capabilities and slows the economy.

Although el-Sissi resisted a total lockdown because of the economic impact, schools, mosques, restaurants, malls and clubs were closed early in the outbreak and a nightly curfew imposed.

With borders shut and cruise ships docked, Egypt’s critical tourism revenue has disappeared, among other sources of income. The country secured a badly needed $5.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund in June, on top of a previous $2.8 billion arrangement.

Last week, fearing further economic fallout, the government reopened much of society and welcomed hundreds of international tourists back to resorts, even as daily reported deaths exceeded 80. Restaurants and cafes are reopening with some continued restrictions, and masks have been mandated in public.

“Because of Egypt’s constant attention to its image as a place open for tourism, open for business, open for investment, authorities appear particularly sensitive to divergent perspectives during the pandemic,” said Amy Hawthorne, an Egypt expert at the Project on Middle East Democracy. “They want to project an image that everything is fine, they’re in control.”

Those who spread “false news” online about the coronavirus could face up to five years imprisonment and steep fines, Egypt’s top prosecutor warned this spring.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights voiced concern in late March that 15 individuals had been arrested for broadcasting alleged false news about the pandemic. Four Egyptian journalists who reported on the outbreak remain in prison, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which has labeled Egypt one of the world’s worst jailers of journalists, along with Turkey and China.

Security forces have also taken aggressive action against foreign reporters. In March, Egypt expelled a reporter for The Guardian who cited a scientific report disputing the official virus count. Egypt’s state information body has summoned The Washington Post and New York Times correspondents over their critical coverage during the pandemic.

Despite growing human rights abuses, the international community counts on Egypt as a bulwark against regional instability, said a Middle East-focused rights advocate at the U.N., speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss policy matters.

“There is no appetite,” the advocate said, “to address what is going on in Egypt, let alone sanction them in any way for what the government is doing to their own people.”

Postings Internationally that Can Make One Feel The World Turns In The Opposite Direction


 There are certain things that appear in the International news that when I can be convinced they are true, tend to make my stomach sick.  One  example is when I see pedophiles occupying the Queen's chair, Both of whom you will see and neither is paid for his crimes. I will give you some of those examples and let's see how you feel.
1. Kanye running (not far)
Rapper Kanye West is loving the frenzy he touched off during fireworks: 
  • He's retweeting every story about him running for president, from the Philippine Star to Reuters
  • Reality check: Kanye announced last year that he'd run in 2024. The hurdles to getting on enough ballots for Nov. 3 (121 days) are beyond formidable, and the date is late. (Shhh! Don't tell Twitter!)
As ABC's Terry Moran put it on the "This Week" roundtable: "These are serious times. ... We have two old men running for office. America is a tomorrow country. I think the person who better defines what tomorrow looks like is going to win. My hunch is that's not gonna be Kanye. ... His videos will be great, I'm sure."
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2. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ There'll always be an England, in two acts
Spotted yesterday in Shaldon, England. Photo: Tony Hicks/AP
Act I ... "Naked men and drunks: England assesses the reopening of pubs" ... AP headline as UK restaurants and pubs reopen for the first time in three months. 
Act II ... BBC presenter Lewis Vaughan Jones had this deadpan opening for a newscast on July 4, which they could take a little personally across the pond:
  • "Welcome to the program. President Trump has declared the United States to be the greatest and most virtuous nation in the history of the world, in a speech marking Independence Day." 
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3. πŸ“· Caught in the act
Photo: Christopher Sadowski for the New York Post. Cover courtesy N.Y. Post
The New York Post spotted Michael Cohen, who was released from federal prison in May to serve his sentence at home because of the pandemic, dining out Thursday night on the Upper East Side.
  • The president's former fixer lingered at a sidewalk table at Le Bilboquet, a French restaurant around the corner from his Park Avenue apartment.
"Cohen, his wife, Laura, and another couple spent about an hour chatting before they became the last patrons to leave around 11:30 p.m.," the Post reports.
  • Why it matters: Legal experts told the paper that the meal may cost Cohen his freedom.
Photo: The Daily Telegraph. Cover: Courtesy N.Y. Post
4. In a second classic Post cover, the paper today shows a newly surfaced 2002 shot of Ghislaine Maxwell, just-captured accused madam of Jeffrey Epstein, sitting on Queen Elizabeth II's throne, next to Kevin Spacey.
  • The private tour of Buckingham Palace, including the stop in the throne room, had been arranged by Prince Andrew, reports The Daily Telegraph.
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Every vote is a voice heard??????????????
Facebook is building the largest voter information effort in U.S. history, starting with the new Voting Information Center, where you can find the latest resources about voting in the 2020 election
Source and idea with about 99% of the writing and pictures is Mike Allen from Axios

Germany Says Sorry For Treatment of Gay Soldiers








The Defense Ministry says it wants to make good decades of discrimination against homosexual troops. Even after homosexual acts were made legal, gay soldiers were still long seen as a risk.
Germany is planning to rehabilitate soldiers who were discriminated against in past years by being rejected for promotion or even fired from the army because of their homosexuality, the Defense Ministry announced.
The ministry said it intends to present a draft bill in September to address the injustices done to those soldiers who had been subjected to punitive measures by military disciplinary courts.
In some cases, homosexual soldiers have been disadvantaged with respect to their peers by receiving a lower salary or pension because they were refused promotions. 
A law preventing homosexuals from becoming professional soldiers or taking on tasks as superiors or leadership positions remained in force till July 3, 2000.
According to the Defense Ministry website, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told groups representing LGBT+ personnel in the Bundeswehr in March that homosexual members of the German army had been unjustly treated for decades.
"I am sorry for this practice, which was standard policy at the time. I apologize to those who had to suffer under it," she said.
Diversity label Bundeswehr
The Bundeswehr's logo for diversity and inclusion
Long legal discrimination
But Kramp-Karrenbauer said times had changed and the Bundeswehr as well. "Today, it is not about tolerance. It is about respect, appreciation and esteem. That is why it is important and right to come to terms with the past, initiate processes of change and open the Bundeswehr for a new way of thinking," she said.
Homosexual acts among men were illegal in Germany up to the end of the 1960s, and soldiers could be found guilty by military tribunals of "unnatural sexual offenses." Such a verdict could lead to soldiers being demoted or fired, while in civilian courts homosexuals could be punished with up to five years' imprisonment.
But even after the law against homosexual acts was completely removed from the penal code in 1994, the Bundeswehr continued to consider homosexuals a risk to military security.
It was only in 2000 that lesbian, gay and bisexual soldiers were officially permitted in the army and a decree introduced urging "tolerance" toward gays and other sexual minorities. Transgender people were allowed to serve openly from 2014.

July 6, 2020

This Virus is Stronger and Smarter Than Politicians, Leaders and Perpetual Presidents




Populist leaders like Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, the United Kingdom’s Boris Johnson and U.S. President Trump are presiding over the world’s highest COVID-19 death tolls, thanks to denial of the public health threat or unwillingness to implement painful solutions. And their popularity is fading fast. Bolsonaro and Trump have plunged in the polls, a condition that has spread to Europe’s far-right. The prognosis? A Democratic world shifting back toward liberalism, posits journalist James Traub. But without addressing the preexisting conditions — weakened institutions and a lack of social cohesion — a relapse is likely.


Something may have broken—or rather, begun to break—last month when U.S. President Donald Trump held an indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma in open defiance of the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic and found, to his shock and outrage, that his own supporters had failed to show up. That something is the politics of alternate reality that he and other illiberal populists have ridden to power in recent years.
It has long been understood that totalitarian leaders sustain themselves through the manipulation of reality; that, after all, is the theme of George Orwell’s 1984 and Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon. Orwell, who understood clearly the power of language to obscure rather than reveal, would hardly have been shocked to see the practice transposed to democracies, but it didn’t fully happen in his day. Perhaps it awaited the shotgun marriage of extreme polarization and social media.

                  Wuhan virus will shape China's smart city vision - bloc

Sources: Ozy and Foreign Policy

Modern Day Hacking on Americans by Criminals and The Police





Hackers are now getting telecom employees to run software that lets the hackers directly reach into the internal systems of U.S. telecom companies to take over customer cell phone numbers, Motherboard has learned. Multiple sources in and familiar with the SIM swapping community as well as screenshots shared with Motherboard suggest at least AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have been impacted.
This is an escalation in the world of SIM swapping, in which hackers take over a target's phone number so they can then access email, social media, or cryptocurrency accounts. Previously, these hackers have bribed telecom employees to perform SIM swaps or tricked workers to do so by impersonating legitimate customers over the phone or in person. Now, hackers are breaking into telecom companies, albeit crudely, to do the SIM swapping themselves. 
Motherboard's findings come as multiple Senators and Representatives wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday asking what the FCC is doing to protect consumers from the ongoing wave of SIM swapping attacks. An indictment unsealed this week in New York alleges a 22-year-old stole $23 million worth of cryptocurrency through SIM swapping.
"Some employees and managers are absolute brain dead and give us access to everything they own and that's when we start stealing," one SIM swapper said. Motherboard granted the SIM swapper anonymity to talk more openly about criminal practices.
Do you know anything else about SIM swapping? We'd love to hear from you. Using a non-work phone or computer, you can contact Joseph Cox securely on Signal on +44 20 8133 5190, Wickr on josephcox, OTR chat on jfcox@jabber.ccc.de, or email joseph.cox@vice.com.
The technique uses Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) software. RDP lets a user control a computer over the internet rather than being physically in front of it. It's commonly used for legitimate purposes such as customer support. But scammers also make heavy use of RDP. In an age-old scam, a fraudster will phone an ordinary consumer and tell them their computer is infected with malware. To fix the issue, the victim needs to enable RDP and let the fake customer support representative into their machine. From here, the scammer could do all sorts of things, such as logging into online bank accounts and stealing funds.
This use of RDP is essentially what SIM swappers are now doing. But instead of targeting consumers, they're tricking telecom employees to install or activate RDP software, and then remotely reaching into the company's systems to SIM swap individuals. 
The process starts with convincing an employee in a telecom company's customer support center to run or install RDP software. The active SIM swapper said they provide an employee with something akin to an employee ID, "and they believe it." Hackers may also convince employees to provide credentials to a RDP service if they already use it.
Once RDP is enabled, "They RDP into the store or call center [computer] [...] and mess around on the employees' computers including using tools," said Nicholas Ceraolo, an independent security researcher who first flagged the issue to Motherboard. Motherboard then verified Ceraolo's findings with the active SIM swapper.
"Some employees and managers are absolute brain dead and give us access to everything they own and that's when we start stealing."
Certain employees inside telecom companies have access to tools with the capability to 'port' someone's phone number from one SIM to another. In the case of SIM swapping, this involves moving a victim's number to a SIM card controlled by the hacker; with this in place, the hacker can then receive a victim's two-factor authentication codes or password reset prompts via text message. These include T-Mobile's tool dubbed QuickView; AT&T's is called Opus.
The SIM swapper said one RDP tool used is Splashtop, which says on its website the product is designed to help "remotely support clients' computers and servers." 
Ceraolo provided multiple screenshots of this process, one of which appears to show someone logged into a T-Mobile QuickView panel via RDP. Another shows someone using a RDP tool while logged into an AT&T system.
The SIM swapper said, "This works with mostly ever[y] carrier, but as of now I can say T-Mobile and AT&T are the carriers that are used the most."
When asked for comment, an AT&T spokesperson wrote in an email, "We are aware of this particular tactic in the industry and have taken steps to prevent it. Determined, sophisticated criminals employ fraudulent SIM swaps to commit theft. That is why we are working closely with our industry, law enforcement and consumers to prevent this type of crime."
Sprint also confirmed it is aware of SIM swappers using this RDP method.
"This works with mostly ever[y] carrier."
"Yes, we are aware of this technique, but for obvious security purposes, I am not going to detail exactly what controls our teams have in place to thwart fraudulent SIM swaps through this or similar methods," a Sprint spokesperson wrote in an email. "In addition to the system controls we have in place, any time we become aware of harmful techniques being utilized by bad actors or industry wide issues, we alert our frontline reps and refresh them on their training to further help protect our customers."
A T-Mobile spokesperson said in a statement, "These fraudulent SIM swaps are criminal attacks that impact the entire industry. We have a number of measures in place to identify and prevent them and as fraudsters evolve, so do we."
Verizon did not respond.
On Thursday, Senator Ron Wyden and other lawmakers' letter to the FCC read, “Consumers have no choice but to rely on phone companies to protect them against SIM swaps—and they need to be able to count on the FCC to hold mobile carriers accountable when they fail to secure their systems and thus harm consumers."

An Epidemic Almost Derailed The American Revolution




           
                   General Washington in the American Revolution · George ...       


When American Colonists launched their revolution against Britain, they quickly encountered a second but invisible enemy that threatened to wipe out the new Continental Army: highly contagious smallpox.

But luckily for the young nation, the army’s commander was familiar with this formidable foe. George Washington’s embrace of science-based medical treatments—despite stiff opposition from the Continental Congress—prevented a potentially disastrous defeat, and made him the country’s first public health advocate.

A hard lesson
Washington’s wisdom came from personal experience with the horrors of an epidemic. “Was strongly attacked by the small Pox,” Washington wrote as a teenager in 1751, while visiting the Caribbean island of Barbados. At the time, the disease caused by the variola virus killed as many as one in two victims. Washington was lucky. After nearly a month of chills, fever, and painful pustules, he emerged with the pockmarked face typical of survivors—but alive, and with immunity to the illness. 

Washington’s encounter with the virus proved fortunate for the new nation. In 1775, smallpox arrived in Boston, carried by troops sent from Britain, Canada, and Germany to stamp out the growing rebellion. Many of these soldiers had been exposed and were therefore immune, but the vast majority of American colonists were not.

In the aftermath of the battles of Lexington and Concord, Washington’s Continental Army had set up camp across the Charles River from the stricken city. To the dismay of many patriots seeking refuge from the British, the general prohibited anyone from Boston from entering the military zone. “Every precaution must be used to prevent its spreading,” he sternly warned one of his subordinates about the virus. To John Hancock, the president of the Continental Congress, Washington vowed to “continue the utmost Vigilance against this most dangerous enemy.”  

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By immediately isolating anyone suspected of infection and limiting outside contact, Washington “prevented a disastrous epidemic among the Continental troops,” historian Ann Becker says. In March 1776, when the British withdrew from Boston, Washington even specified that only soldiers who had suffered from smallpox be allowed into the city and its surroundings.

Fighting back
But Washington wanted to do more than contain the threat. Inoculation against smallpox dates back to ancient China, but in colonial America it was a highly controversial procedure. Called variolation, the procedure entailed making a small incision in a patient’s arm and inserting a dose of the live virus large enough to trigger immunity but small enough to prevent severe illness or death. The son of Britain’s King George III had died in agony when his dose was poorly applied. In Washington’s home state of Virginia, variolation was illegal. Washington, however, was a strong believer in its effectiveness; he even persuaded his wife, Martha, to undergo the procedure in May 1776. That month, however, the general forbade any of his troops from being inoculated. It could take weeks to recover, and he feared that the inoculated men would be laid low just as the fight with the British intensified. “The Enemy, knowing it, will certainly take Advantage of our Situation,” he wrote. 

He also had to contend with states and localities that strictly controlled or outlawed the procedure. In the midst of the epidemic, the Continental Congress ordered Army surgeons not to perform variolations. Washington was temporarily hamstrung, but he nevertheless ordered all new recruits inoculated, figuring their immunity would kick in by the time they were battle ready. 

By then, it was too late for thousands of American troops who marched on Quebec. Their commanding officer, Major General John Thomas, failed to follow Washington’s strict protocols during the ill-fated expedition, and he and one-third to half of his 10,000 soldiers perished from the virus. The force was soundly defeated. “The smallpox is ten times more terrible than Britons, Canadians, and Indians together,” Massachusetts statesman John Adams despairingly wrote in 1776. 

As the epidemic spread, Washington decided to act. The following February, he informed Hancock that “I find it impossible to keep it from spreading thro’ the whole Army in the natural way.” He ordered all troops inoculated, noting to his leading medical officer that “necessity not only authorizes but seems to require the measure.” By the end of 1777, some 40,000 soldiers had been vaccinated.

 The legacy of Washington’s order to inoculate his troops lived on: Here, Army recruits receive medical injections in Virginia in 1942.

Historians say the general’s bold move proved critical to the revolution’s success. “A compelling case can be made that his swift response to the smallpox epidemic and to a policy of inoculation was the most important strategic decision of his military career,” historian Joseph Ellis says. When infection rates dropped from about 20 percent to 1 percent as a result of Washington’s order, even the skeptical Continental Congress was convinced.

The lawmakers repealed bans on variolation across the colonies, the first major piece of American public health legislation. And, of course, after winning the war against smallpox, the United States went on to win its fight against Britain and solidify its standing as a new nation.


July 5, 2020

Ugly People Should Not Make Fun of Anyone But Putin is Making Fun of TheRainbow At Moscow Embassy




Putin Mocks U.S. Embassy for Flying Rainbow Flag | World News | US ...
June 27, 2020. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
            

 
His comments followed a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms that included an amendment enshrining the definition of marriage specifically as a union between a man and a woman. 
Putin said the U.S. embassy’s move to raise the LGBT pride flag “revealed something about the people that work there”. 
“It’s no big deal though. We have spoken about this many times, and our position is clear,” said Putin, who has sought to distance Russia from liberal Western values and aligned himself with the Russian Orthodox Church.  “Yes, we passed a law banning the propaganda of homosexuality among minors. So what? Let people grow up, become adults and then decide their own destinies.” 
The legislation has been used to stop gay pride marches and detain gay rights activists. 
Putin said during the campaign to change the constitution that he would not let the traditional notion of a mother and father be subverted by what he called “parent number 1” and “parent number 2”. 
On Friday, the head of the Women’s Union of Russia, Ekaterina Lakhova, told Putin that she feared an ice cream with the brand name ‘Rainbow’, as well as other multi-coloured advertising, could constitute propaganda for non-traditional values and have a harmful effect on children, the RIA news agency reported.  “Even indirectly, such things make our children accustomed to that ... flag, the one that was hung up by the embassy,” Lakhova was cited as saying. 
“It would be very good to have a commission to make sure that those values that we enshrined in our constitution are upheld,” she said. 
Other countries have also flown rainbow flags outside their embassies in Moscow, including Britain. 
Reporting by Polina Ivanova and Tom Balmforth; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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