The Advocate Names Vladimir Putin 'Person of the Year'

November 7, 2014 6:01 PM

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The Advocate Names Vladimir Putin 'Person of the Year'

"Driving the governmental, religious, and popular disdain for gays and lesbians," writes the magazine's Jeremy Lybarger, "the Russian president became the single greatest threat to LGBTs in the world in 2014."

"The KGB, after all, perfected the thuggery, espionage, and aimless bureaucracy that are hallmarks of Putin’s regime," writes Lybarger. "The agency’s crackdown on dissidents offered a blueprint for Putin’s own strongman excesses. That he aspired to such a career as a child tells us something useful ...

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