About 400 lawmakers, including Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, are among the drafters of the bill.
Russia’s State Duma on Wednesday approved a second reading of a bill banning propaganda “non-traditional sexual relations”, pedophilia and information that can cause someone to seek sex reassignment surgery. About 400 lawmakers, including Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, are among the drafters of the bill. As Volodin noted during the meeting, the bill is being approved “exclusively in the interest of Russians.” “We should do everything to protect our children and those who want to live a normal life,” he stressed.
The document provides for a ban on the propaganda of “non-traditional relationships”, pedophilia as well as a ban on disseminating information about LGBTI people in the media, on the internet and in advertisements, books and films. It also includes a ban on statements that may induce teenagers to undergo gender reassignment surgery on the Internet, in the media and in books, audio-visual services, films and advertisements.
Also on Wednesday, the State Duma approved the second reading of a bill it is introducing significant fines, up to 10 million rubles, (over $165,000) for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations, pedophilia, and information capable of inducing gender reassignment surgery among both minors and adults.” “Propaganda aimed at minors will result in higher fines than information aimed at adults, and propaganda on the Internet and in the media will also have heavier fines,” comments the TASS agency. The bill introduces separate penalties for foreigners and those without citizenship. If they spread “LGBTQ propaganda” among adults, the fine will range from 50,000 to 100,000 rubles (about $850-1,650), while propaganda targeting minors will attract fines from 100,000 to 200,000 rubles (about $31,600). In both cases, fines are accompanied by deportation which can be preceded by up to 15 days of detention. If the propaganda is spread by foreigners through the media or the Internet, then fines can reach up to 100,000 or 400,000 rubles (about $1,650 and $6,600 respectively) depending on the age of the audience.
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