MOSCOW, RU — (11-24-22) — Russia’s State Duma Committee voted to ban ‘LGBTQ Propaganda, pedophilia and sex-change propaganda’ in the anti-LGBTQ country following the final reading of the bill on Thursday.

The legislation named “Protection of Traditional Values” was supported by all 397 MPs in the lower house of the country’s parliament, passing without any opposition or abstentions.

The bill would outlaw such ‘propaganda’ as the country calls it, in advertising, books, movies and media. It’s widely seen as a follow-up to a 2013 Russian law that banned the dissemination of LGBTQ materials among those under 18 in Russia. This time around the new anti-LGBTQ legislation applies to both minors and adults.

If the law comes into force, it would make it impossible for movies that promote non-traditional relations or sex change to obtain distribution licenses in Russia. Products with similar content, including foreign material, will also be prohibited from being put on sale in the country.

Huge fines are envisaged for violations of the new rules, with individuals facing a penalty of 400,000 rubles ($6,600) and corporate entities of up to five million rubles (around $83,000) for LGBTQ propaganda.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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