The Russian State Duma passed, on Thursday, a law prohibiting propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations, pedophilia, and information capable of causing someone to seek gender reassignment surgery.
The bill bans LGBT propaganda in the media, on the Internet, as well as in commercials, books, and movies.
As per the bill, individuals who spread "LGBT propaganda" will be fined up to 400,000 roubles ($6,600), whereas legal entities can be fined up to 5 million rubles ($82,100). Meanwhile, foreigners can be arrested for up to 15 days or deported.
Furthermore, any movies promoting non-traditional sexual relations will be banned from screening.
Under the ban, children will have limited access to LGBT information on paid audio or video platforms. For example, viewers will be asked to enter a code or take some other steps to verify their age. Those under 18 years of age will not be able to access LGBT information.
Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin commented: "We are following a different path chosen by our grandparents and great-grandparents.”
“We have traditions, and we have a conscience, and we understand that we should think about our children, our families, and our country in order to preserve and protect [the values that] our parents handed down to us," Volodin stressed.