Russia Passes New Law Cracking Down On Efforts To Promote LGBTQ Rights

Dr. E.C. Beuck
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Lawmakers in Russia have moved forward with a new bill which will led to new restrictions on efforts and activities to improve the LGBTQ rights within the country. The law will expand upon the restrictions of a 2013 law, which banned what Russian authorities determined to be any “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” to children
. This earlier law has been utilized by the Russian government to stemie any efforts to debate LGBTQ rights in any public context, as well as to crack down on many gatherings with pro-LGBTQ content, ostensibly to prevent children from being exposed to the information. This new law will increase the restrictions as well as expand the presentation ban to include all ages not just children. In addition, the new law will outlaw any media, advertising, online resources, books, films and even theater productions determined to contain what they have categorized as propaganda.

According to the new law, violations can lead to fines or, if the act is committed by non-residents of Russia, lead to their expulsion from the country. Fines for Russian citizens can be as high as the equivalent of $6,500, and as high as the equivalent of $81,250 for legal entities. It is expected that these increased costs associated with championing LGBTQ rights in Russia will lead to a large reduction in such efforts, as well as a potential increase in crimes committed against those who identify as LGBTQ. In response to this latest effort by the Russian government to repress this subset of their population, international human rights groups have moved to denounce this new law as creating a hostile environment in the country for LGBTQ Russians.

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Holding a PhD in Political Science, I write about current events and on political topics related to international relations, international law, conflict both between and within states, and the interactions between technology and politics.

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