Russian airline forces gay flight attendant to wed to keep his job


Gay activists in Russia are organizing a boycott of Aeroflot over reports that Russia’s leading airline forced a gay flight attendant to marry a woman in order to keep his job.

Gay flight attendant Maxim Kupreev, 25, claims the airline demanded that he enter into heterosexual marriage with his former high school girlfriend after he tried last year to create an LGBT group within the company, reported

The boycott is set to be launched Feb. 9 at a rally outside the airline’s main office in Moscow.

Kupreev claims that his high school friend Sofia Mikhailova had to end an authentic marriage in order to marry him and help him keep his job. is and it also means ‘defect’.

“Aeroflot effectively broke a real marriage and created a sham one,” said Moscow Pride founder Nikolai Alekseev.

In July 2011 gay activists tried to picket Aeroflot’s office to protest the treatment of the founders of the company’s LGBT employee group. But Moscow authorities banned the event, citing “security concerns.”