In Russia, You Say Coloring Book, I Say Secret Manual on Homosexual Love

Nov 25, 2013 at 4:24 PM ET

The latest battle in Russia’s ongoing war against “gay propaganda” is being fought over a coloring book.

The story, Misha and His Moms Go to the Olympics, is about a young boy and his lesbian parents who attend the winter games in Sochi. It features drawings of LGBT athletes smooching and gays being whacked by cudgel-wielding Russian thugs.

The point behind the book is to mock and purposefully violate the country’s anti-gay propaganda law, which makes it illegal for anyone to talk to minors about homosexuality. Calling copies of the books “veiled manuals on homosexual love,” Alexander Zhuravlev, a member of the ruling United Russia party, has asked the country’s version of the Federal Communication Commission to look into the issue. The goal: Halt the book’s distribution. 

The book was created by a website called, which plans to distribute 10,000 copies of it to children in Russia during the Olympics. The group did not respond to requests for comment, but since Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law this summer, many gay and human rights activists have begun to boycott the Sochi games.

Known as the Roskomnadzor, the Russian FCC oversees all mass communications and media, but critics say the group is essentially an arm of the Kremlin, which means that Misha and his moms might not make an appearance at Sochi after all.