Russia: Duma wants to further restrict LGBTQ rights

Status: 11/24/2022 2:11 PM

Statements or images of, among other things, homosexuality in the presence of minors are already prohibited in Russia. Now the Duma wants to expand the law further – and also ban it for adults.

The Russian Duma has agreed to tighten the law against “LGBTQ propaganda”. “Any promotion of non-traditional sexual relations will have consequences,” Vyacheslav Volodin, the leader of the House of Commons, told Telegram. Russia is thus drastically restricting the rights of homosexuals and queers.

The new law is seen as an extension of policies in place since 2013 that prohibit “gay propaganda” against minors. Now adults are also affected. This criminalizes addressing LGBTQ people in advertisements, media and online content, books, films and theater performances.

But the law has also been made stricter for children and young people. For example, no gender reassignment information should be given that could encourage them to do this to minors.

High fines

Violations of the new regulations risk high fines: citizens up to 200,000 rubles (almost 3,200 euros), companies and organizations up to five million rubles (almost 80,000 euros). Foreigners can even be punished with 15 days in prison and expulsion from Russia.

The law must now be approved by the upper house of the Russian parliament and President Vladimir Putin.

Duma approves new LGBTQ+ law

Ina Ruck, ARD Moscow, daily news at 12:00, November 24, 2022

Businesses and activists are concerned

Months ago, activists warned about the tightening of the law that has now taken place. They fear even greater discrimination against homosexuals and queers in Russia.

Russian film production companies and book publishers have also expressed concerns about the law. It could lead to the banning of some Russian classics, such as Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita. One publisher has commented that even mentioning certain historical facts can kill him.

LGBTQ people have been oppressed in Russia for years. The English abbreviation stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.

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