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Putin signs law expanding Russia’s rules against ‘LGBT propaganda’

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed on Monday (5 December) a law that expands Russia’s restrictions against the promotion of “LGBT propaganda”. This effectively bans any public expression of LGBT behavior or lifestyle in Russia.

The new law, which expands Russia’s definition of “LGBT propaganda”, could see any action or spreading of information considered to be an attempt to encourage homosexuality in public, online or in books, films, or advertising.

This law extends Russia’s existing law against LGBT propaganda, which had prohibited the “demonstration of LGBT behavior to children.”

The Kremlin is putting more pressure on minorities and Putin opponents at home. It has quashed independent media groups and further restricted free speech, as Moscow intensifies a decade-long campaign for “traditional” values.

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Already, authorities have used existing law to stop gay pride marches or detain gay rights advocates.

Rights groups claim that the new law will drive “non-traditional” LGBT lifestyles practiced by lesbians/gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people from public life.

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