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Russia: The Absent Activists

A Eurasianet partner post from Coda

Silicon Valley’s extraordinarily wealthy and powerful companies, which have advocated forcefully for LGBT rights throughout America, are remaining silent about Putin’s anti-gay laws as they pursue the Russian market.
 
In March 2015, when the Re­pub­li­can gov­er­nor of the state of In­di­ana, Mike Pence, signed a so-called “re­li­gious free­dom” law that would per­mit busi­nesses to refuse to serve gay cus­tomers, his ac­tion pro­voked a fierce re­sponse from cor­po­rate lead­ers clus­tered halfway across the con­ti­nent on the West Coast. The San Fran­cisco bil­lion­aire Marc Be­nioff, whose Sales­force.com had paid $2.5 bil­lion only two years ear­lier to buy a soft­ware com­pany with 2,000 em­ploy­ees in In­di­anapo­lis, took to Twit­ter for his salvo: “To­day we are can­cel­ing all pro­grams that re­quire our cus­tomers/​em­ploy­ees to travel to In­di­ana to face dis­crim­i­na­tion,” he de­clared.
 

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Alan Deutschman is the author of The Second Coming of Steve Jobs and holds the Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno.

A Eurasianet partner post from Coda

Russia: The Absent Activists

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