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Sergei Lavrov horrified by the quiet place in Sweden: “Inhuman!”
A common toilet for all sexes – for Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov “simply inhuman”. As he recounts his traumatic experience in Sweden, 26 million Russians use cesspools for their business.
Vladimir Putin set himself up as the protector of “traditional Russian values” some time ago. Nobody knows exactly what these values look like. Neither does Putin – the divorced man who had a striptease room set up in his palace where former gymnast Alina Kabaeva could wrap herself around the pole. In the ears of his followers – mostly middle-aged women from the deepest Russian provinces – it should ring so nice when one speaks of “traditional values,” Putin thought. And so he never tires of talking about these ominous values.
Basically and fundamentally in Putin’s value system is the premise that everyone in this world has to identify as either a man or a woman. Putin frankly admitted that he didn’t understand anything else. “Do we want it to be parent #1, #2, or #3 instead of mom and dad? They’ve gone completely insane. Do we really want kids starting in elementary school being forced into perversions that lead to degradation and… lead to extinction?”, he asked quite indignantly last September – just one example of the Kremlin chief’s remarks on this topic.
Sergei Lavrov is copying Putin
Sergey Lavrov now took up his master’s indignation. As if by chance, the seemingly eternal Russian foreign minister has also discovered a deep aversion to human diversity. At an international summit meeting in Moscow, he couldn’t think of anything better to do than rant about the diversity in Europe. There are now more than 80 genders there, Lavrov explained with incomprehension. He had to experience the consequences of this development firsthand. At a summit meeting of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers in Sweden, he encountered “inhuman things”:
“Excuse me for the details, but during a break in the session I asked where the toilet was. They then showed me a door with the letters WC on it. I asked, ‘Is this for women or for men?’ And they answered me: ‘With us everything is communal.’ I didn’t believe it, but it really was like that,” Lavrov recalled, still full of disbelief. “You can’t imagine how inhuman that is! Simply inhuman,” said the Russian foreign minister.
Amazing words from the mouth of a man who has been in government for 18 years in a country where 23 percent of the population live without a sewage connection. 18.1 percent of Russians use cesspools as toilets, in rural areas the figure is even 48.6 percent. And 4.9 percent have no access to any type of toilet. These are official data from the Russian statistical office Rosstat from 2021, whose evaluations and statistics are always in favor of the Kremlin.
As luck would have it, a deputy from Novosibirsk demonstrated the state of toilet culture in Russian society. At the same time that Lavrov was ranting about the “inhuman” conditions in Sweden, a certain Svetlana Kawerzina was publicly celebrating the repair of a wooden toilet for bus drivers, which had been repaired by order of the governor.
“The toilet at the final stop ORMZ (bus 23) has been repaired”, she reported. “Without doors it was pretty windy,” wrote the MP on the Russian social network VKontakte. In addition, the wooden structure was cleaned and treated with disinfectants, she assured, adding: “Our drivers have to work under acceptable conditions.” At least the shack with a cesspool now has a wooden door. Lavrov should definitely clarify whether men and women have to go to the toilet together here. That would be “inhuman.”