Russian anti-gay lawmaker Vitaly Milonov has described British actor Stephen Fry as evil.

Milonov is the St. Petersburg lawmaker who authored the city's “gay propaganda” law.

A similar nationwide law inspired by St. Petersburg's ordinance and approved in June has provoked worldwide condemnation and calls for a boycott of the Winter Olympics to be held next year in Sochi.

Among those who have protested the law is Fry, who is openly gay.

Fry and Milonov met face-to-face in March when Fry visited St. Petersburg.

“For me Stephen Fry is a bringer of evil, as he expresses ideas which are evil,” Milonov told the AFP.

“It's a declaration of our values,” Milonov said of the law. “Our response to the challenges of the present time.”

“Thank God that we have Putin, who defends the basic interests of Russia, for defending its values.”

Milonov added that Russia “needs to resist the wave of degradation that has seized the Western world.”

“I do not know why we have to apologize in front of Westerners. The preaching tone that they adopted in this area does not suit us,” he added.

(Related: Vitaly Milonov accuses Russian gays of inciting violence against straights.)