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Is homosexuality illegal in russia?

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  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It's not illegal technically, but it is highly discouraged, and illegal to discuss it in some ways. The Russian LGBT propaganda law (also known in English-language media as "Russia's gay propaganda law" or "Russia's anti-gay law") refers to a Russian federal law "for the Purpose of Protecting Children from Information Advocating for a Denial of Traditional Family Values" 30 June 2013. Distribution of materials promoting "non-traditional sexual relationships" among minors, including materials which contain "notions of attractiveness" of non-traditional sexual relationships, present "distorted ideas about the equal social value of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships", or information that "raises interest in" non-traditional sexual relationships, an offense punishable by fines. Businesses and organizations can also be forced to temporarily cease operations if convicted under the law, and foreigners may be arrested and detained for up to 15 days then deported, or fined up to 5,000 rubles and deported.

    The USA did have the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, and it slowly degraded and fell apart by public and court rulings ending in 2013. Russia in 2013 was USA in 1996. In July 2019, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Russian government must pay 42,500 euros in damages to three lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights groups for having refused their registration.

    https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/07/17/russia-fined-a...

    While later in the year, the Russian government continues to suppress. 

    https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/10/08/russia-censors...

  • hihi!
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No one is officially (by the government) persecuted for being homosexual. Distribution of literature and promoting homosexuality to children under 16 is PROHIBITED. 

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