On Thursday, adjustments to a law on alleged “LGBT promotion” were approved in the third reading by the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, extending accountability to all ages.
The discriminatory rule seeks to outlaw all Russians from “praising” or “promoting” gay relationships or making the implication that they are “normal” in public.
Meanwhile, “Propaganda of non-traditional sexual interactions” among children was outlawed in the initial version of the law, which was implemented in 2013. The statute would be updated to include adults in its scope.
Interestingly, a punishment of up to 400,000 rubles ($6,600) may be imposed on anyone who spread or seek to propagate what the bill refers to as “LGBT propaganda.”
In addition, the maximum fine for legal entities is 5 million rubles ($82,100). The measure permits deportation or up to 15-day detention of foreign nationals.
It will now be sent to the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament before Vladimir Putin signs it into law.
The so-called “gay promotion law” in Moscow has been denounced by humanitarian organizations as discriminatory.
The so-called “gay propaganda statute” in Russia is discriminatory, fosters homophobia, and breaches the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights concluded in 2017.
Meanwhile, the court rejected claims that public discussion of LGBT matters could persuade minors to become homosexual or that it endangered public morals, concluding that the rule “served no valid public interest.”
Despite Russia decriminalizing homosexuality in 1993, homophobia and discrimination are still pervasive. According to the watchdog ILGA-Europe, it is ranked 46th for LGBTQ+ inclusion out of 49 European nations.
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