MOSCOW — (11-26-21) — Russian officials launch investigation into Netflix after the public commissioner for protecting families accused the streaming network of violating its “gay propaganda” law.

The public commissioner claimed that some of Netflix’s LGBTQ content that is rated suitable for those aged 16 and older is in violation of the country’s law which does not allow the distribution of “propaganda on non-traditional sexual relations”.

The Interior Ministry is said to be looking into the complaint. If Netflix is deemed to have broken the law by Russia’s public commissioner, it faces a fine of up to a million rubles ($13,390). More significantly, the service could be temporarily suspended.

A spokesperson for Netflix told JRL CHARTS LGBT Politics, that “The company has not found any LGBT content that was rated 16+ during a review conducted earlier in November.”

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2017 that Russia’s “propaganda” law, which was enacted in 2013, discriminates against LGBTQIA+ people and violates European treaty rules and the right to freedom of expression.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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