Russia’s parliament has approved legislation supported by President Vladimir Putin that expands the country’s prohibition of “LGBT propaganda” and bans the “demonstration” of LGBT behavior.
In other words, queer folks will get fined for being perceived as “acting gay.”
Under the new law, which still needs the approval of the upper house of parliament and President Vladimir Putin, any action or information that is considered an attempt to promote homosexuality – whether in public, online, or in films, books or advertising – could incur a heavy fine.
“LGBT today is an element of hybrid warfare and in this hybrid warfare we must protect our values, our society and our children,” Alexander Khinstein, one of the bill’s architects, said last month.
The law stipulates fines of up to 400,000 roubles ($6,600) for individuals and up to 5 million roubles ($82,100) for legal entities. Foreigners could face 15 days of arrest and subsequent expulsion.
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— Reuters (@Reuters) November 24, 2022