The Russian State Duma approves a reform that extends the punishments for disseminating LGTBI content, with measures that no longer extend only to the field of minors
The State Duma of Russia has approved this Thursday in third and final reading a reform that hardens and broadens punishments against those who spread contents LGTBI, with measures that no longer extend only to the field of minors.
The Russian ruling party justifies this reform on the need to combat scourges such as pedophilia, but for the organizations defending Human Rights it represents another step in the repression against the LGTBI collective.
Russian authorities plan to prosecute any type of content considered contrary to conservative values on the Internet, the media, books, movies and advertisements, according to the official Russian media.
For example, it will not be allowed to disseminate content about sexual orientations considered non-traditionalwith a specific section to avoid “propaganda” of gender reassignment therapies.
Fines for LGTBI “propaganda” can reach 400,000 rubles (about 6,400 euros) in the case of ordinary citizens, or 800,000 rubles in the case of officials. In the case of entities, the penalty rises to 5 million (more than 79,000 euros), reports the Interfax agency.