Two Russian Homosexuals Awaiting Asylum in Lappeenranta
January 19, 2015
Two Russian gay men are seeking asylum in Finland.
They are currently waiting at the Konnonsuo reception center in Lappeenranta, where they have been since September.
According to the men, they have been treated very badly in Russia. In recent years, Russia has made laws against homosexuals more severe.
The men are 24 and 36 years of age.
Lappeenranta Uutiset has asked its readers whether gay refugees should be granted asylum.
As of five p.m. Finnish time on January 21, 2015, 81% of readers who responded to the poll said that yes, gay refugees should be granted asylum.