(PresidentialHill.com)- Putin signed a measure extending Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda regulations.
According to an extremist far-left news organization, Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed a law strengthening Russia’s limitations on the propagation of LGBT propaganda, thereby allegedly criminalizing any public representation of LGBT behavior or lifestyle in the country.
Under the new law, which expands Russia’s definition of LGBT propaganda, any action or dissemination of material that is deemed an attempt to encourage homosexuality in public, online, or in films, books, or advertisements might result in a hefty fine.
Before this, the law simply forbade the advertising of LGBT lifestyles to youngsters. Additionally, the new law prohibits demonstrating LGBT behavior to youngsters.
Reports show that an argument that officials are increasingly using to explain Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine is that lawmakers are protecting the traditional values of Russia against a liberal West that is out to destroy them.
That’s a stretch.
Authorities have already stopped gay pride marches and detained LGBT rights activists using the current law. Rights organizations assert that the goal of the new law is to completely banish from public life the so-called non-traditional LGBT lifestyles pursued by lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender individuals.
Alexander Khinstein, one of the bill’s architects, said that LGBT today is an aspect of hybrid warfare, and we must safeguard our values, our society, and our children.
I’m sure Khinstein meant to add “Communism” to the hybrid warfare category but forgot.
According to reports, adults-only homosexual bars and clubs will presumably still be permitted to operate, albeit possibly not to advertise. Same-gender couples may start to worry that their kids may be taken away because they are being exposed to an LGBT lifestyle.
For individuals, the maximum penalty is 400,000 roubles ($6,600), and for legal corporations, the maximum fine is 5 million roubles ($82,100).
Foreign nationals may be detained for 15 days before being expelled.