Vladimir Putin says US and NATO want to ‘impose perversions’ on school kids

Vladimir Putin sits at a desk

In a speech following his illegal annexation of Eastern regions of Ukraine, Russian president Vladimir Putin attacked the US and NATO for “imposing perversions on children”.

At the end of September, Russia announced the annexation of four Ukrainian regions – Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson – following what has been described as a “sham” election presided over by Russian troops.

After the illegal annexation was announced, Putin gave a victory speech in which he hit out at the US, NATO and the rest of the West, saying: “They do not give a damn about the natural right of billions of people, the majority of humanity, to freedom and justice, the right to determine their own future. They have already moved on to the radical denial of moral, religious, and family values.”

In the speech, Putin accused Ukraine of “starting” the war, and said that the people of the four annexed regions had “chosen” to “become our citizens, forever”.

Unsurprisingly, the Russian president used anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric to vilify the West, telling his audience: “All citizens of Russia: do we want to have here, in our country, in Russia, “parent number one, parent number two and parent number three” (they have completely lost it!) instead of mother and father?

“Do we want our schools to impose on our children, from their earliest days in school, perversions that lead to degradation and extinction? Do we want to drum into their heads the ideas that certain other genders exist along with women and men and to offer them gender reassignment surgery?

“Is that what we want for our country and our children? This is all unacceptable to us. We have a different future of our own.”

Putin added that the fighting would continue “for the great historical Russia, for future generations, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren”, because: “We must protect them against enslavement and monstrous experiments that are designed to cripple their minds and souls.”

In a bizarre effort to stop people fleeing Russia since the country cruelly invaded Ukraine, Putin’s regime released a video this month saying that Russians would be forced to respect LGBTQ+ and Black people if they were to leave – suggesting that should be a deterrent.

The video was circulated shortly after Putin announced that he would be instituting a draft to aid the country’s war against Ukraine, prompting more Russian citizens to flee to safety.