In a speech in the Kremlin at the end of September, the Russian president said, “Do we want our schools to impose on children from primary school deformities that worsen and become extinct? Do we want to teach them that there are more than women Men, are “gender”? Suggest a sex change operation?
Deputies in Russia voted this Thursday to toughen controversial law that represses “LGBT propaganda” a new sign of strength conservative line.
Repressive laws have multiplied in Russia since the coming to power of President Vladimir Putin, who in recent years has turned the defense of conservative values into his war horse and has even denounced Russia’s “Satanism”, even That has not stopped condemning the “collapse”. Opponent.
“During the plenary session, the representatives of the Duma (Parliament) unanimously approved in the first reading an amendment to the law prohibiting the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations,” the legislature explained on its website.
The draft still has to go through two readings before it goes to the upper house, and before it can be sent to the Russian president for promulgation.
The amendment hardens a 2013 law that criminalized the spread of “gay propaganda” aimed at minors, and now vetos “denial of family values” and “promotion of non-traditional sexual orientation” aimed at adults. Is.
These prohibitions also pertain to “media, internet, literature and cinema” and advertising. “Films promoting non-traditional sexual relations will not receive certification for their broadcast,” the Duma warned.
The text also vetos “information inducing a desire to change sex” aimed at minors.
According to the Duma, any violation is subject to heavy fines and foreigners who break this rule can be expelled.
Controversial LGBT law in Russia
Senior officials presented the law as an act of defense in an ideological war against the West, at a time when Moscow troops are fighting in Ukraine.
“We must protect our citizens and Russia from degradation and extinction from the darkness spread by the United States and European states,” Duma President Vyacheslav Volodin said in a statement.
“LGBT propaganda has become a weapon” against Russian “foundations, values and traditions”, “a silent and cold-blooded killer who destroys souls”, MP Piotr Tolstoy said on Telegram.
The author of the law, Alexander Zinshtein, highlights the “clash of civilizations with the West”. “If we do not protect our borders, it will become a threat,” he wrote on Telegram, adding that military operations in Ukraine are also taking place in the “conscience of the people”.
The main Russian NGO to protect sexual minorities, LGBT-SET, condemned on 18 October that the law was “a new attempt at discrimination and an assault on the dignity of the LGBT community” and “an insult to society as a whole”. By ignoring “human rights”.