To Russia With Love: Mother sends Elton John, George Michael and Tom Daley dolls to Russian government for Christmas

Mother London has launched a Christmas campaign with a difference in response to increasing concern at the Russian government’s stance on homosexuality.

As an act of solidarity with Russia’s gay community, which is facing heightening discrimination and persecution, Mother has created a set of dolls with five well-known gay icons: Elton John, George Michael, Stephen Fry, Graham Norton and Tom Daley.

As well as sending off a set to both the Russian Embassy in London and the Kremlin, Mother is auctioning dolls online at a dedicated website between 13-22 December and raising money for The Kaleidoscope Trust, a charity working to uphold LGBT rights internationally.

Mother said: “The Russian LGBT community is facing increasingly harsh treatment at the hands of authorities and attacks on gay people are rising. So, this Christmas, Mother is sending something To Russia With Love.”

Paddy Fraser, Mother Creative, added: "No one else was going to do this, so we felt we had to take action. Christmas is about helping those in need, and we wanted to stand shoulder to shoulder with the gay community in Russia, many of whom will be living in fear this season. We hope people bid on Elton and the boys to raise cash for Kaleidoscope and their work in Russia."

Russia passed an anti-gay propaganda law earlier this year and there are serious worries over the diminishing rights of LGBT people in the country.