Deputies of the Russian State Duma (DG) unanimously passed a law in third reading that aims to ban the distribution of material, Russian authorities said, “propaganda non-traditional sexual relations“The authors of the amendments were the chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, the leaders of all factions and more than 300 deputies, reported in the press service of the body on Thursday, November 24.
“Responsibility threatens for any propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations. A ban on promoting pedophilia and gender reassignment has also been introduced. The fines will reach 10 million rubles (159 thousand euros),” Volodin said.
The law provides for the inclusion of such sites in the register of prohibited sites with their subsequent blocking, as well as a ban on the sale of goods containing information prohibited by the authorities of the Russian Federation.
Changes made to the Code of Administrative Offenses
Amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses were adopted at third reading.
So, for violating the ban on “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”, a fine from 50,000 to 400,000 rubles for citizens, from 100,000 to 800,000 for officials, from 800,000 to 5 million, or suspension of activities up to 90 days – for legal entities.
For violating the ban on promoting pedophilia, the fine will be from 200,000 to 800,000 rubles for citizens, from 400,000 to 2 million for officials, from 1 million to 10 million rubles or suspension of activities up to 90 days for legal entities.
For disseminating information to minors “who can cause them to want to change their sex”, the fine will range from 50 thousand to 200 thousand rubles for citizens, from 100 thousand to 400 thousand – for officials, from 800 thousand to 4 million rubles or suspension of activities up to 90 days – for legal entities.
Blinken: Russia must withdraw the bill and respect human rights
Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged Russian lawmakers to withdraw a bill to ban LGBT propaganda in Russia. The proposed extension of the Russian information banregarding gay and bisexual people, as well as transgender, intersex and queer people (LGBTQI+ group), “will again be a serious blow to freedom of expression and the rights of LGBTQI+ in Russia,” he said.
“We call on Russian lawmakers to withdraw the bill and to respect human rights and the dignity of the individual,” Blinken said on his Twitter page.