The level of hostility towards gay people in Russia right now is eye-watering, writes Liz MacKean on the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Crawling through the morning traffic in St Petersburg, I was greeted with a surprising sight in the car alongside: a young man was staring intently at images of naked women in a magazine propped up on his steering wheel. In other words, the only acceptable public comments are bound to be negative. And the level of hostility towards gay people is eye-watering. In St Petersburg we met Timur Isaev, a married father of one.
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The Saudi social mores and laws are heavily influenced by ultra-conservative Muslims. Homosexuality and being transgender are widely seen as immoral and indecent activities, and the law punishes acts of homosexuality or cross-dressing with punishments of fines, prison time up to life,  and capital punishment. Saudi Arabia has no criminal code. This is derived from the Qur'an and the traditions of Muhammad contained in the Sunnah ;  ijma , or scholarly consensus on the meaning of the Qur'an and the Sunnah developed after Muhammad's death; and Qiyas , or analogical reasoning applied to the principles of the Qur'an, Sunnah and ijma. Reformers have often called for codified laws to be instituted, and there appears to be a trend in the country to codify, publish and even translate some Saudi criminal and civil laws.
Practicing homosexuality is considered a sin in Islam and is punishable under Islamic law , which is derived from the Quran and Hadith accounts of Muhammad's life. The four Sunni schools of jurisprudence all agree that practicing homosexuality is an egregious crime that earns an especially harsh punishment , although the schools vary regarding what exactly this punishment should be. In the Hanafi school, the practicing homosexual is to be beat harshly and then executed if they persist. In the Shafi'i school, the practicing homosexual is punished in the same manner as one who engages in illegal intercourse zina - that is, they are lashed times if unmarried and stoned to death if married.