Russia signed Anti-Gay Measures into Law

Jul 1, 2013 14:42 IST

Vladimir PutinRussian President Vladimir Putin on 30 June 2013 signed into law a measure that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality. The lower house of Russia's parliament unanimously passed the Kremlin-backed bill on 11 June 2013 and the upper house approved it last week.

The ban on propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations is part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values over Western liberalism, which the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church see as corrupting Russian youth and contributing to the protests against Putin's rule.

Hefty fines can now be imposed on those who provide information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to minors or hold gay pride rallies. The Kremlin announced on Sunday that Putin has signed the legislation into law.

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