Chain Of Russian Shops Brings Homophobia Into The Open

Sign: No pederasts allowed

ST. PETERSBURG — A small but growing chain of throwback shops in Russia recently gained notoriety because each of its dozen or so outlets prominently displayed a crudely homophobic sign in the window declaring, “No pederasts allowed.”

Now, one branch has gone a step further. Local media say the Bread And Salt shop in the central city of Kirov is selling hand-carved wooden signs with the slogan for 2,000 rubles ($35).