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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 22:45

Russia To Toughen Its "Gay Propaganda" Law

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As if the "gay propaganda" law was not enough, the Russian lawmakers have introduced a bill that would penalize with fines between 4000-5000 rubles ($61-$77 / €57-€72) and up to 15 days jail any "demonstration of one's distorted sexual preferences in public places."

The "propaganda gay" law already banned public demonstrations of the LGBT community, no Gay Prides are allowed, but it does not clearly prohibit protest for LGBT rights.

Now, since the adoption of the "gay propaganda" law, many LGBT activists demonstrated in the streets, somehow, before being arrested and quickly released.

This bill would allow the authorities to have a legal tool to be able to verbalize these LGBT activists.

As for Russian President Vladimir Putin, for him there are no problems and no persecution.

"The problem of sexual minorities in Russia had been deliberately exaggerated from the outside for political reasons, I believe, without any good basis," he told CBS's 60 Minutes.

"We have no persecution at all."

I learned a very interesting thing the other day on television. I thought before that Russia had a religious tradition, that it was originally a conservative and a very religious country. In fact, not at all! Before Putin became president, the believing population accounts only for 16-17%. Since Putin is president, the believing population represents 76%. We can see where is the true propaganda.

Photo by Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk

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