Russia passes law banning 'LGBT propaganda'

HISTORY: Russia has approved a bill expanding the ban on so-called "LGBT propaganda" and restricting "demonstration" of LGBT behavior.
The rules make any expression of an LGBT lifestyle almost impossible.
Any act or information deemed to be an attempt to promote homosexuality - whether in public, online or in films, books or advertisements - could now be heavily fined.
Previously, the law only banned the promotion of LGBT lifestyles aimed at children.
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Lawmakers say they are defending the traditional values ​​of the "Russian world" against a liberal West that they say is determined to destroy them.
However, critics see the move as an attempt to further intimidate and oppress sexual minorities in Russia.
Here is the lawyer of the Russian LGBTQ support organization “Coming Out”, Ksenia Mikhailova.
“This is a signal that all forms of violence against LGBT people are legal by the state - as was done back in 2013 when there was a wave of hate crimes against LGBT(-people). Now it's going to be a tsunami.”
The fine is up to $6,600 for individuals and up to $82,100 for legal entities.
Foreigners could face 15 days in prison and subsequent expulsion from the country.
In Russia, authorities have used existing laws to stop gay pride marches and arrest gay rights activists.
Political scientist Ekaterina Schulmann says the expanded law has two goals:
Presenting Russia as the savior of traditional values ​​and allowing Russian authorities broader oversight of the Internet and the “information sphere” across the country.
"...the most interesting part is the passage leading to (media regulator) Roskomnadzor - the Russian federal service for monitoring the Internet of the information sphere in general - new power and responsibility to monitor all kinds of information in search of these ' harmful propaganda'.”
Human rights groups say new law aims to push so-called 'non-traditional' LGBT lifestyle...
practiced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people outside of public life altogether.
Video-sharing app TikTok was even fined 3 million rubles last month for promoting “LGBT-themed videos.”
While Russia's media regulator asked publishers to withdraw all books featuring "LGBT propaganda" from sale.
The bill requires the approval of the upper house of parliament and President Vladimir Putin before it can come into force.

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