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The LGBT community received a new setback in Russiaafter the Lower House of the Russian Parliament expanded the law against “LGBT propaganda” now including adults.
In third reading, legislators approved the amendments to the law that proposes to prohibit all Russians from promoting or “praise” homosexual relationships or publicly suggest that they are “normal”.
In 2013 it was approved the original version of the lawwhich prohibited the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” among minors, but with the amendments it would now apply the law to adults as well.
The law, which still needs to be approved by the upper house of parliament and by President Vladimir Putin, states that any action or information that is considered an attempt to promote homosexuality -whether in public, online or in movies, books or advertisements- you could incur a hefty fine.
The current law has already been used by the authorities to stop gay pride marches and arrest gay rights activists.
Despite the fact that Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993., homophobia and discrimination remain prevalent. Human rights groups in that country accuse that the new law seeks to expel from public life the “non-traditional” lifestyles practiced by the LGBT community.
The law stipulates fines of up to 400,000 rubles ($6,600) for individuals and up to 5 million rubles ($82,100) for legal persons. Foreigners could face 15 days of arrest and subsequent expulsion.
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