Activists arrested as Duma votes to limit “non-traditional sex propaganda”

aa04gays Activists arrested as Duma votes to limit “non traditional sex propaganda”

While the supporters of the initiative chose a more conventional form of expression and demonstrated with posters calling for a “purge” of homosexuals in Moscow and Russia, its opponents chose a more creative tactic. Several gay couples started kissing near the entrance of the parliament building, demonstrating the vague line between the visual propaganda or promotion and the expression of a persons’ feelings. The protests were a re-run of the one held in December 2012 when the hearings on the draft law started. Police detained about 15 people for violating public order, but the inclination of those detained were not reported. Initially the bill was banning the propaganda of paedophilia and homosexuality to minors, but the formula was changed before the second reading, apparently after strong protests from the LGBT community, Russian activists and international rights groups who pointed that this could be viewed as discrimination based on sexual orientation. The current version of the bill describes the propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations as “spreading the information in order to form non-traditional sexual desires in children, describing such relations as attractive, promoting the distorted understanding of social equality of traditional and non-traditional relations and also unwanted solicitation of information that could provoke interest to such relations. One of the main sponsors of the bill, the head of the Lowed House Committee for Family, Women and Children, Yelena Mizulina, has elaborated in press comments that the last part concerned pop-up ads on the Internet. Breaking the ban means a fine. A private person can be fined from 4000 to 5000 roubles ($125 – $156) and legal entities from 800,000 to 1 million roubles for real-life propaganda, and internet promotion is punished by 50,000  to 100,000 roubles ($1550 – $3100) fines for private persons and 1 million roubles for legal entities with forced suspension of their activities for up to 90 days. Also the bill orders foreigners and people without citizenship are expelled from Russia if found guilty of such a felony. 

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Activists arrested as Duma votes to limit “non-traditional sex propaganda”

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