SportsThe Russian Duma approves the law that toughens the punishments against LGTBI "propaganda"

The Russian Duma approves the law that toughens the punishments against LGTBI “propaganda”

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The Russian State Duma has approved this Thursday in the third and final reading a reform that toughens and expands the punishments against those who disseminate LGTBI content, with measures that no longer extend only to the field of minors.

The Russian ruling party justifies this reform on the need to combat scourges such as pedophilia, but for the organizations defending Human Rights it represents another step in the repression against the LGTBI collective.

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The Russian authorities plan to prosecute any type of content considered contrary to conservative values ​​on the Internet, media, books, movies and advertisements, according to official Russian media.

It will not be allowed, for example, to disseminate content about sexual orientations considered non-traditional, with a specific section to avoid “propaganda” of gender reassignment therapies.

Fines for LGTBI “propaganda” can reach 400,000 rubles (about 6,400 euros) in the case of ordinary citizens, or 800,000 rubles in the case of officials. In the case of entities, the penalty rises to 5 million (more than 79,000 euros), reports the Interfax agency.

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