State Senator Mark Leno has introduced a resolution urging California’s largest pension funds to ban future investments in Russia. At issue are new Russian laws that Leno says “promote the ongoing persecution of LGBT people in that country.” Local activists are also calling on companies like Coca-Cola to pull their sponsorship of the Winter Olympic games in Russia — and recent San Francisco protests have targeted the Russian consulate and the Russian Orthodox Church, which is backing the new laws.
Mark Leno, California state senator (D) representing District 3
Andranik Migranyan, director of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, a Russian-funded think tank in New York
Julie Dorf, senior adviser at the Council for Global Equality