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Kazakhstan: Authorities Scrap Rainbow Wall Over Suspicions of LGBT Propaganda

An apartment block in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe repainted in the colors of the rainbow. (Photo: Published with permission from Liliya Belikova)

Officials in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe thought it might be nice to brighten up the look of the place. So about a month ago, municipal workers painted the balconies on an otherwise dreary apartment block in the colors of the rainbow.

And that is when indignant local conservatives got involved, as local news website Aktobe Times has reported.

Some objected to the garishness. But others suspected that the rainbow might be a subtle form of propaganda for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual lifestyles.

National newspaper Karavan did not exactly help to dispel that nonfactual notion by headlining an article about the redecoration: “Apartment Block in Aktobe Repainted in LGBT Colors.”

The rainbow scheme was the brainchild of the head of Aktobe city hall’s architecture and urban development department, Tanat Shegebayev. He said the reaction of residents has left him bitterly disappointed.

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Kazakhstan: Authorities Scrap Rainbow Wall Over Suspicions of LGBT Propaganda

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