Russia approves toughening the law against “LGTBI propaganda”

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The Russian deputies voted this Thursday in favor of a hardening of the law that represses the “< strong>LGTBI propaganda“, a new sign of the strengthening of the conservative line in the country, in full offensive in Ukraine. “During the plenary session, the deputies of the Duma (parliament) unanimously approvedin first reading the amendments to the legislation that prohibit the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations”, reported the Legislative House on its website website.

The draft still has to undergo another two readings before going to the upper house and being signed into law by Russian President Vladimir Putin. And, as Viacheslav Volodin, the president of the Duma, assured this Thursday, “it is possible that in the second reading there will be amendments that will toughen the proposed norms.” “We must protect our citizens and Russia from deterioration and extinction, from the darkness spread by the United States and European states,” he added.

The legislatorsThey presented this law as an act of defense in the ideological war against the West. “LGTBI propaganda has become a weapon against Russian foundations, values ​​and traditions, a silent and cold-blooded killer that destroys souls,” said Deputy Piotr Tolstoï on Telegram.

Increasingly restrictive

These amendments toughen a 2013 law that criminalizes the dissemination of what the authorities call “gay propaganda” for minorold. Now the law also vetoes the “denial of family values” and the “promotion of non-traditional sexual orientations directed at adults. These prohibitions concern the media, internet, literature, the cinema and also the advertising. “Films that promote non-traditional sexual relations will not receive a certificationfor dissemination,” warned the Duma.

The text also vetoes “information likely to induce the desire to change sex” addressed to minors and pedophilia.

Any offense carries heavy fines, which can amount to up to 5 million rubles (about < strong>80,000 euros) and foreigners who fail to comply with this rule may be expelled, according to the Duma.

The ban has been backed by Russia's media regulator Roskomnadzor, which has already removed or blocked more than 7,200 websites.

MPs have denied that the ban It could not affect the publication of classics of literature such as Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, after several publishers showed theirconcern about it.