Moscow, November 28, 2022
“Propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors” has been illegal in Russia since the relevant amendment to the Child Protection Law was adopted in 2013.
A recent example of the law being applied was when Netflix had to reclassify a number of cartoons featuring LGBT content in 2020, moving them from Netflix Kids to the 18+ section.
However, as of Thursday, November 14, all LGBT propaganda of any kind, aimed at any age is now illegal in Russia, reports the official site of the Russian State Duma.
The new amendment, authored by more than 300 Parliamentarian deputies, was unanimously adopted in its third reading. The legislation also bans pedophilia and sex change propaganda, and provides for fines of up to 10 million rubles ($164,555) for legal entities found guilty of propagandizing pedophilia.
“This decision will protect our children and the future of the country from the darkness spread by the United States and European states. We have our own traditions and values,” commented Deputy Vyacheslav Volodin.
“Don’t impose alien values on us. You destroyed yours—we’ll see how it all ends,” Volodin said, “but it’s definitely said, because this is Sodom. There’s no other way to say it, and the United States has become the center of this Sodom in the world. Let them live there, but not come to us.”
The new law covers websites, the sale of goods, advertising, television, film, and more.