Russia’s State Duma – the lower house of the Russian parliament – on Thursday approved a controversial new law banning LGBTQ “propaganda” to adults.
The new bill prohibits any advertisement, media, book, film or theater production deemed to promote homosexuality, and also prevents any citizen from providing information to children about pedophilia and gender transitions.
The measure significantly aggravates the repression of the LGBT community by Russiaexpanding the country’s previous legislation, introduced in 2013prohibiting LGBT “propaganda” aimed at children and young people under the age of 18.
Sharing material relevant to LGBT rights, non-heterosexual sexuality and gender identity will now be subject to fines of up to 400,000 rubles (€6,400) or up to 5 million rubles (€80,000) for legal persons. Foreign citizens violating the law will be expelled from the country.
The text has not yet been approved as law, as it must first be passed by the upper house of parliament – the Federation Council – and signed by President Vladimir Putin.
Based on precedents, the law should have no trouble passing.
The new anti-LGBT law “will protect our children and the future of this country from the darkness spread by the United States and European countries,” Volodin said Thursday.
“We have our own traditions and values,” he told lawmakers Thursday.
But human rights advocates have expressed concern that the bill will increase censorship and homophobia in Russia and drive the LGBT community underground.
The LGBT Network called the legislation an “absurd” attempt to humiliate and discriminate against the LGBT community.
The law passed the third reading in the Duma on Thursday and will now go to the upper house of parliament for approval, and then to Putin.
Many members of Russia’s LGBT community are believed to have fled the country since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, both in protest and fear of being drafted into the military. Russian.