A draft bill entailing severe penalties for so-called ‘gay propaganda’ among people above the age of 18 was introduced to Russian State Duma. Currently, such penalties only exist for propaganda of “non-traditional sexual relations” among minors. The new bill would yield liability to prosecution for distributing information about the LGBTQ+ community among adults, too.
The penalty will be set at the rate of 40 to 50 thousand roubles for citizens and 100 to 500 thousand roubles for officials. Legal entities will face charges of up to 10 million roubles or suspension of activity for the period of up to 90 days.
Since the passage of the ‘gay propaganda’ law in 2013, homophobia in society became only more prominent, and only more lives were ruined.
The new draft bill is another blow to freedom of speech and expression. We will not avert our eyes from such abuse of political power and we’ll do everything to stop that bill from ever being passed.
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