Vladimir Putin To Ban Certain Acts of Expression

Vladimir Putin To Ban Certain Acts of Expression

(TheRedWire.com) – While Russia continues its war on Ukraine, the government is working to maintain its traditional values through legal measures. On Monday, December 5, President Vladimir Putin intensified the push to ban LGBTQ expression and identity inside Russia after the legislature passed the proposal on November 24 by a vote of 397 to 0. He signed a new law that would make it illegal to share or discuss nontraditional sexual relations through social media, movies, advertising, or the media.

Putin has intimated that the West has intruded into Russia’s traditional values and society. In 2013, Parliament passed a law prohibiting “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” among minors. Penalties included hefty fines or business activity suspensions. Foreigners found guilty faced expulsion. The new law updates it by banning LGBTQ propaganda for adults as well. It also prohibits certificates to stream or rent movies and other media if it promotes nontraditional sexual relations or identity preferences.

Roskomnadzor, Russia’s internet regulator, monitors the internet. Those convicted of breaking the law face penalties of up to $6,400 for individuals and $80,000 for organizations. Human rights activists argue that the LGBTQ propaganda ban is a serious problem. They say it makes group members even more vulnerable than before the new law’s passage. Some say it will likely result in the LGBTQ community going deeper underground.

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