The Russian State Duma has decided not to examine the new draft bill that would stiffen administrative sanctions for “LGBTQ+ propaganda” among adults.
On June 7, 2022, a draft bill banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” among adults as well as minors was introduced to the Russian State Duma by the Legislative Assembly of Sevastopol.
The legislation called for exclusion of Article 6.21 (“propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors”) from the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation. Instead, the authors of the draft bill proposed to replace it with Article 6.37, which would entail administrative sanctions for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” regardless of the object of such propaganda – be that an adult, a minor, or even a legal entity.
The draft bill was rejected and returned to the subject of legislative initiative (i.e., the Legislative Assembly of Sevastopol) by the State Duma Committee on State Building and Legislation, as evidenced by the meeting agenda published today on the Committee’s website.
The official reason for this decision is non-compliance with the State Duma regulations (lack of official statement from the Government).
Executive director of LGBTQ+ group Coming Out Aleksandr Voronov comments on the situation:
“The passage of that draft bill would have marked a grave point in the history of Russian legislation. This measure would have been not only definitively oppressive but also redundant: we’ve seen that the existing ‘gay propaganda’ law has been applied quite chaotically and selectively. It is, of course, disheartening that such draft bills appear at all, but we believe that to be a mere amateurish attempt by local elected officials to get on the agenda and pander to the Government, seeing how they didn’t even manage to prepare the required documents. Unfortunately, there’s still a chance that the proposal will be refined and reapplied. It’s hard to assess the possibility of this happening given Russia’s circumstances. Here’s hoping that it won’t”.