Russia criminalizes ‘promoting’ LGBTQ relationships with new batch of laws

The lower house of Russia’s parliament has passed the third and final reading of a law that bans the promotion of “LGBT propaganda” to children, expanding on a previous law that was adopted in 2013.

The law aims to ban Russians from promoting or “praising” homosexual relationships, as well as gender reassignment surgery, or suggesting that these are “normal.”

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Citizens who promote what the Duma dubs “the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” could risk a fine of up to 400,000 rubles ($6,600), while organizations could risk 5 million rubles ($82,100). Foreign citizens meanwhile could face 15 days of arrest and deportation from the country.

Rights activists say the new legislation is an attempt to further oppress sexual minorities in Russia, who already face huge challenges in a conservative society that has historically prevented gay pride marches and has targeted LGBT…

This story appeared first on, 2022-11-24.
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