"...I think that gay-prides will be one of the church’s concerns. Surely", has declared Nikolay Butlyavtsev - an actor and a director, People’s artist of Russia in an interview to "Fontanka" digest (automatic translation >>).
Nikolay Burlyavtsev has been controversing Russian gay society for many years and has been basing his statements on an "orthodox" point of view. Previously he had been constantly pushing against the social and cultural events initiated by LGBT-citizens.
In January 2008 Nikolay Burlyavtsev appealed to the society to not let St. Petersburg’s queer-film festival "Bok o bok" (side-by-side) be held. He called cinema forum "pathological..", "...a shriek of perverts". According to his words, the festival is organized by people "...who want a death of Russia, its spirit and traditions". A year later he blamed the MTV channel in the "advocacy of homosexuality, lesbianism and other vices...".
In August 2009 Buryaev in his interview to "Izvestiya" appealed to "..limit the boundless rights of demonstration that pathology (homosexuality - Gay.Ru) on TV...", while answering the question about possible criminal prosecution of homosexuals in Russia.
Since the Summer of 2010 Burlyaev is participating in a so-called "Patriarchal counsel for culture" of Russian Orthodox Church.