Gender reassignment surgery banned in Russia

Moscow, July 26, 2023

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Gender reassignment surgery is now illegal in Russia.

On Monday, July 24, President Vladimir Putin signed a bill that supplements the law on the fundamentals of protecting the health of citizens with a new article that prohibits medical interventions as well as the use of drugs aimed at changing one’s sex, reports TASS.

The new law, which earlier passed through both the State Duma and the Federation Council, also establishes that a sex change by a spouse constitutes a legal basis for divorce. Additionally, people who have changed their gender will not be allowed to adopt or have foster children.

The documents accompanying the bill note that the new law will “help protect the constitutional moral and family foundations of Russian society, as well as preserve the health of Russian citizens, especially children,” TASS writes.

The law came into force from the moment of its signing on Monday, though its stipulations do not apply to those who changed their gender before its promulgation.

The new prohibitions also do not apply to surgeries for the treatment of congenital anomalies and malformations, as well as genetic and endocrine diseases associated with the impaired formation of the genital organs in children, which can be performed with approval by a medical commission of the Ministry of Health.

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