A museum dedicated to Russia’s LGBTQ history in St. Petersburg opened and closed in the space of days after Russia’s new “gay propaganda” law came into effect.
Piotr Voskresensky is the founder of the museum. He dedicated years to amassing the collection of Russian-made statues, jewelry, vases, books, and other artwork that showcased the country’s LGBTQ subculture history.
However, the collection broke the law which completely prohibits what authorities consider to be the promotion of “non-traditional” sex.
On December 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that completely bans anything considered “propaganda” of non-traditional sex, sex reassignment and pedophilia. This extends to media, the Internet, advertisements, books or films.
If found guilty of spreading “LGBT propaganda” to minors, a person faces a fine of up to €75,000 (5 million rubles), while for adults the fine is more than €60. 000 € (4 million rubles). Fines for “propaganda promoting paedophilia” will be €150,000 (10 million rubles) while “gender change propaganda” faces a fine of €60,000 (4 million rubles).
The new legislation had already toughened tough anti-gay laws. The brief opening of the museum was a symbolic protest against the repression of a beleaguered minority community.
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