British Ad Agency Sends Gay Russian Dolls to Kremlin

Dec 12, 2013 — 23:00
Dec 12, 2013 — 23:00
The matryoshkas include a large purple Elton John (far left) and the smallest doll, Tom Daley (far right).

The British-based ad agency Mother London has created a "nontraditional" set of matryoskha Russian dolls featuring five of the country's best known gay icons — and will send a set to the Kremlin.

Pop stars Elton John and George Michael, television hosts Stephen Fry and Graham Norton and Olympic diver Tom Daley all feature in the collection, the company's website said.

Mother's unique Christmas campaign comes after Russia passed a law banning the propaganda to minors. Concerns have been raised in the West that the law has led to heightened discrimination against the Russian LGBT community.

Because no British-Russian interaction is complete without a reference to James Bond, the ad agency noted the harsh treatment of gay people in the country and said, "This Christmas, Mother is sending something To Russia With Love."

The dolls will be auctioned online at a dedicated website between Dec. 13 to Dec. 22, with proceeds going to The Kaleidoscope Trust, a charity that works to uphold LGBT rights internationally.

Dancing Bears and Trump Pancakes: Russians Celebrate Maslenitsa

Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian folk festival with pagan roots that celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

see more

Orhan Pamuk Receives Tolstoy Estate's Literary Award in Moscow

Turkish writer and Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk has been presented with the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award in Moscow for his 2014 novel ...

Who Would You Have Been in 1917 Revolutionary Russia? (Quiz)

Arzamas Academy, a nonprofit online educational project, published a quiz ...

Orhan Pamuk Receives Tolstoy Estate's Literary Award in Moscow

Turkish writer and Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk has been presented with the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award in ...