Individuals who spread or attempt to distribute in Russia what a new bill calls “LGBT propaganda” will be fined. The fines range from 100,000 to 2 million rubles ($1,660-$33,000). If committed by non-residents, they can lead to their expulsion from Russia. Russia’s lower house of parliament passed in the third reading amendments to the law called “LGBT propaganda” on Thursday. The law also blocks the sale of physical products dealing with these issues, along with books and movies.It will now be forwarded to the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of Parliament, before being signed into law by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The new bill outlaws all advertising, media and online resources books, films and theater productions deemed to contain such “propaganda.”
“We must do everything to protect our children and those who want to live a normal life. Everything else is sin, sodomy, darkness, and our country is fighting this,” the author of the measure , State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin, said. Russia explicitly outlawed same-sex marriages in 2020 by adopting amendments to the country’s Constitution that, among other things, stipulated that the “institution of marriage is a union between a man and a woman.” The European Court of Human Rights declared in 2017 that Russia’s gay propaganda law” is discriminatory and violates the European Convention on Human Rights.