On Thursday, October 27, the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted in the first reading a whole package of draft laws on the complete ban of LGBT propaganda and information that encourages teenagers to change their gender. The innovations affect the Internet, media, books, audiovisual services, cinema and advertising.
Until that moment, there was a law in Russia that prohibited the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations among minors. In Russia, it was adopted in 2013.
Propaganda of non-traditional relationships, pedophilia, distribution of LGBT-related information, as well as demonstration of information promoting sex change among teenagers are now prohibited.
According to the draft law (no. 217471-8), the innovations concern the internet, media, books, audiovisual services, cinema and advertising.
The draft law prohibits the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations or preferences, including pedophilia, among Russian citizens, both adults and minors.
The initiatives were co-authored by 390 MPs, including all group leaders and vice-chairmen.
Fines are imposed for LGBT propaganda: 50,000 – 400,000 rubles for citizens; 100,000 – 800,000 rubles for officials; 800,000 – 5 million rubles or suspension of activity for up to 90 days for legal entities.
For pedophilia propaganda: 200,000 – 800,000 rubles for citizens; 400,000- 2 million rubles for officials; 1 million – 10 million rubles or suspension of activity for up to 90 days for legal entities.
For LGBT demonstration and information encouraging adolescent sex change: 50,000 – 200,000 rubles fine for citizens; 100,000 – 400,000 rubles to officials; 800,000 – 4 million rubles or suspension of activity for up to 90 days for legal entities.
In the case of foreign citizens and stateless persons, the draft law provides for deportation from the Russian Federation.
Earlier, the Russian Book Union sent a letter to one of the authors of the bill, Aleksandr Hinštein, in which they asked whether classical works would be censored if these laws were adopted.
To which the co-author of the bill replied that it is recommended to ban propaganda, does not include mentioning non-traditional relationships in literature, films and media.
Based on Vedomosti data.