Russian LGBT Propaganda Law: State Duma Adopts Amendments

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Russia’s lower house of parliament adopted amendments to a law on so-called at the third reading “LGBT Propaganda” on Thursday, expanding the responsibility to all ages.

The discriminatory law proposes to ban all Russians from promoting or “glorifying” homosexual relationships or publicly suggesting they are “normal”.

The original version of the law, passed in 2013, banned “propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations” among minors. The new iteration would also apply the law to adults.

People who spread or attempt to distribute what the bill calls “LGBT propaganda” will be fined up to 400,000 rubles ($6,600). Legal entities can face fines of up to 5 million rubles ($82,100). According to the bill, foreigners can be detained for up to 15 days or deported.

It will now be sent to the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, before being signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Humanitarian bodies have condemned Moscow's so-called

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2017 that Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda law” is discriminatory, promotes homophobia and violates the European Convention on Human Rights.

The court found that the law “served no legitimate public interest” and rejected suggestions that public debate on LGBT issues could influence children to become gay or that it threatened public morality.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but homophobia and discrimination are still widespread. It is ranked 46th out of 49 European countries for LGBTQ+ inclusion by watchdog ILGA-Europe.

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