Moscow, November 12, 2021
The Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media has proposed a ban on depicting “non-traditional sexual relationships and sexual deviations in film.”
Sexual deviations include pedophilia, exhibitionism, and sadism and masochism, sexologist and psychiatrist Irina Airiyants told Vedomosti.
Films with homosexual scenes are already being edited for Russian theaters, such as the recent film about Elton John, Rocket Man.
Current legislation does allow the display of such deviancy (except pedophilia), with such films marked 18+.
One of the proposals also includes a ban on the distribution of materials promoting non-traditional sexual relations and sexual deviations for owners of online video services and social networks.
It was also proposed to strengthen the law “On the protection of children from information that harms their health and development.”
Proposed penalties for companies include a fine of up to $13,815 (1 million rubles) or suspension of activity for up to 90 days.
In Ukraine, the Council for the State Support of Cinematography recently decided to allocate $767,000 to support the film My Young Prince, centered on the gay affair of a teenage boy. A petition was then launched online, calling for the state to rescind its financial support of the film.