Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has signed into law, a new Anti-LGBTQ bill, which is an extension of the of the already existing ban on same sex marriage in Russia. The new bill signed into law by president Putin, now makes it illegal for anyone to promote same sex marriage in Russia, to suggest same sex marriage is love or normal.
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Other things included in the law are heavier penalties for anyone promoting “non-traditional sexual relations and/or preferences,” as well as pedophilia and gender transition. Under the new law, it will be banned across the internet, media, books, audiovisual services, cinema, and advertising.
Under the new law, individuals can be fined up to 400,000 rubles ($6,370) for “LGBT propaganda” and up to 200,000 rubles ($3,185) for “demonstrations of LGBT and information that encourages a change of gender among teenagers.”
These fines rise to up to 5 million rubles ($80,000) and 4 million rubles ($64,000) respectively for legal entities. The law were approved by the Russia’s upper and lower houses in recent weeks.
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The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2017 that the 2013 law is discriminatory, promotes homophobia and violates the European Convention on Human Rights.
Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but homophobia and discrimination is still rife. It is ranked 46th out of 49 European countries for LGBTQ+ inclusion by watchdog ILGA-Europe.