I think we both know that that's not how government works. I don't think the mainstream is repressing homosexuality because it's some normative good, they're doing it because it's easy for them to do. And they're not doing it against the rest of the world, they're against "Western influence" - whatever that may mean, but again, it's an introspective action not directed against the outside world. Besides, Milonov in the article itself says that Mikhailov was a nobody and I agree with his analysis that ‘homophobia is used in order to promote oneself in the news and headlines, for the personal PR of the politicians'.
I'm also thinking that bare asses getting lashed by hunky Cossacks isn't the least bit homoerotic?