Gay bar named ‘Kremlin’ explains why it’s not changing its name

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A gay bar in Northern Ireland named Kremlin says it plans to keep its name, as a “middle finger” to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The nightclub, located in capital city Belfast, opened in 1999. For over 20 years the popular venue has featured a tongue-in-cheek Soviet theme.

The venue features a “red square” dance area, a Tsar cocktail lounge, and a life-size statue of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin above its rainbow flags.

However as companies and organisations distance themselves from Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, the nightclub’s management have explained their name will remain.

“Kremlin’s thoughts and prayers are with the whole of Ukraine,” the gay bar’s management wrote in a statement.

“Kremlin was set up over 22 years ago. Its theme was inspired by the uprising of the Russian workers revolution led by Lenin and meshed with the opulence of the Tsar Nicholas’ Palaces.

“When it was passed that it would be illegal to be gay in Russia, we received many messages asking us, would we change Kremlin’s name?

“We saw it as an even bigger political stance to keep the Kremlin name as it is.

“A bar that is gay-owned, gay-managed and in the heart of gay community for nearly a quarter of a century — everything Putin detests.

“Seeing what is unfolding over the past couple of days has been heartbreaking.

“The images will remain with us for a long time to come. We pray that this ends soon.

“This Kremlin stands with Ukraine. We see you at this immeasurably difficult time and we send our love and prayers.”

‘A big middle finger to Putin’

A manager for the club added to the Belfast Telegraph that Kremlin has “always been Kremlin, a massive gay club that has always supported the LGBTQ community.”

“If anything this is a big middle finger to Putin,” they said.

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