Vitaly Milonov, the St. Petersburg lawmaker who authored the city's “gay propaganda” law, has accused gay people of lying about their “problems.”

Milonov's St. Petersburg ordinance, which bans the promotion of gay rights to minors, inspired a nationwide law that has led to calls for a boycott of the Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi, Russia.

In the BBC documentary Stephen Fry: Out There, openly gay author-actor Stephen Fry looks at what it means to be LGBT in 2013 through revealing interviews with openly gay celebrities, such as Sir Elton John, and everyday folks, such as a man who is facing persecution in his native Iran and is seeking asylum in the United Kingdom.

In a segment released by the BBC this week, Fry chats with Milonov, who's unconcerned when Fry tells him that the police don't respect the rights of gays.

“I spoke to a girl yesterday, they tried to rape her to 'cure' her of her homosexuality,” Fry tells Milonov. “She goes to the police. As soon as they find out she's a lesbian, 'Go away.' The police don't respect her rights.”

“It's a fairy tale,” Milonov interrupts.

“She was lying, was she?”

“It's a fairy tale, because gay people, most of them, are lying about their problems ...”


“... Because most of them would like to be favored and famous because they're victims of Russian medieval behavior,” Milonov responds.

“You're living in a fantasy world,” Fry says, shaking his head. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Stephen Fry called “bringer of evil” by Russian anti-gay lawmaker Vitaly Milonov.)