The Russian legislature may ban LGBT propaganda completely in the media and on the internet. Measures like this usually are voiced in the State Duma before being signed off by the Kremlin. Nothing happens in Russia by accident.
The State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technologies and Communications is pursuing a ban on LGBT propaganda in the media, on the net and in movies regardless of the audience’s age, head of the committee Alexander Khinshtein said on Monday, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
“I fully support the stance of [State Duma Speaker] Vyacheslav Volodin on prohibiting propaganda for non-traditional values. Earlier, the State Duma committee on information policy has already begun working out corresponding initiatives,” he wrote on his Telegram channel.
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“We propose, in general, to introduce a ban on such propaganda regardless of the audience’s age (offline, in media outlets, on the Internet, along social networks as well as in online movie theaters),” he added. According to the legislator, the committee also proposed introducing administrative liability for such propaganda, expanding Article 6.21 of the Administrative Offenses Code which currently only stipulates punishment for disseminating LGBT propaganda among minors.
Additionally, the lawmakers seek to impose an even stricter liability for the propaganda of pedophilia as well as “to ban the dissemination among children of not just propaganda, but any other information displaying non-traditional sexual relations or perversions,” he noted.
“During the fall session we will be ready to hold an open discussion. <…> Previously, these initiatives have already been worked out with the media watchdog and the Ministry for Digital Technology, Communications and Mass Media,” the politician noted.
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