Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed into law a bill that expands their laws against promoting homosexual and transgender propaganda.
They probably consider it Biden misinformation. There are many other provisions in the package Putin signed, including protection for children.
Gee, what an evil law. It is no longer permissible to declare that homosexuality is “normal.” Anyone in Russia promoting gay orientation or transgenderism who receives money from outside Russia must register as an agent of the foreign country bankrolling them.
The new laws significantly broaden the scope of a 2013 law that banned the dissemination of LGBTQ-related materials to minors.
The new laws make it illegal to promote or “praise” LGBTQ relationships, publicly express non-heterosexual orientations or suggest that they are “normal.”
Included in the bill are heavier penalties for anyone promoting “non-traditional sexual relations and/or preferences,” as well as pedophilia and gender transition. The ban covers the internet, media, books, audiovisual services, cinema, and advertising.
Penalties for breaking the law are fines up to 400,000 rubles ($6,370) for “LGBT propaganda” and up to 200,000 rubles ($3,185) for distributing information on gay and transgender ideologies.
Fines for legal entities are 5 million rubles ($80,000) and 4 million rubles ($64,000) respectively. The bill was passed by both houses of the Russian legislature.
Under the new law, individuals can be fined up to 400,000 rubles ($6,370) for “LGBT propaganda” and up to 200,000 rubles ($3,185) for “demonstrations of LGBT and information that encourages a change of gender among teenagers.”
These fines rise to up to 5 million rubles ($80,000) and 4 million rubles ($64,000) respectively for legal entities.
The law was approved by the Russia’s upper and lower houses in recent weeks.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2017 that the 2013 law is discriminatory, promotes homophobia and violates the European Convention on Human Rights.
The court found that the law “served no legitimate public interest,” rejecting suggestions that public debate on LGBT issues could influence children to become homosexual, or that it threatened public morals.
Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but homophobia and discrimination is still rife. It is ranked 46th out of 49 European countries for LGBTQ+ inclusion by watchdog ILGA-Europe.
Speaking before Putin signed the bill into the law on Monday, Tanya Lokshina, associate Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch said: “The 2013 ‘gay propaganda’ law was an unabashed example of political homophobia, and the new draft legislation amplifies that in broader and harsher ways.”
A new, expanded version of the 2012 law on foreign agents came into effect last week. While the original version required organizations engaging in political activity and receiving funding from abroad to register as foreign agents and adhere to draconian rules and restrictions, the new law extends that requirement to anyone who has “received support and (or) is under foreign influence”.
In early March, just days after Putin ordered a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Russian government adopted a law criminalizing the dissemination of what it called “deliberately false” information about the Russian armed forces. The maximum penalty is 15 years in prison.