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SF Supervisor, Gay Rights Activists Call On City Employees To Divest From Russian Investments

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Gay rights activists have joined San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener in asking the Retirement Board of the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System to divest all holdings in Russian securities.

A hearing was held before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Thursday to highlight the law in Russia, which criminalizes any activity that supports gay rights.

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Gay rights activists at the hearing said San Francisco can strike back by selling $26 million in Russian securities held by the city’s retirement fund.

“These laws in Russia are resulting in a mob mentality, whereby gay Russians and others are being lured into traps, tortured, videotaped and sometimes killed,” said one speaker. “This is no laughing or insignificant matter.”

The push for divestment is getting some pushback for the…

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